ISLAMABAD: General Qamar Javaid Bajwa has been appointed as the 16th Army Chief of the World's fifth largest Army.
PM Nawaz Sharif appointed the Army chief who was 4th in the seniority list of the Pakistan Army Generals.
What impressed Nawaz Sharif about Gen Bajwa is his ‘apolitical nature’ and crucial role he is thought to have played in supporting the democratic process during the 2014 dharna by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Gen Bajwa was corps commander Rawalpindi at that time, one of the most important corps in the army responsible for security along the entire Line of Control (LoC) as well as strategic installations in and around Islamabad.
The prime minister overlooked Gen Ishfaq Nadim because of his ‘blunt nature’ while Gen Ramday’s appointment might have invited unnecessary controversy given his reported affiliation with a family which was closely linked with the Sharifs.