Politicians react to appointment of new COAS

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KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: A number of political figures on Saturday provided mixed responses on the appointment of General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the brand-new chief of Pakistan Army, some extended their finest dreams while others spoke of the challenges for the brand-new leader ahead.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif extended his excellent long for the brand-new army chief saying, “The military policy would continue and there would be no immediate change in it”.

“The focus will stay on country’s eastern border and the militaries backed by the nation will meet all obstacles,” he said, while talking to Geo News.

“The tradition of General Raheel Sharif would continue in the light of the examples he set,” Asif included.

The defence minister expressed hope that the federal government and military management will continue to interact for the improvement of the country.

Opposition leader Khursheed Shah said the country’& rsquo; s prayers were with the brand-new army chief, adding that he hoped the brand-new COAS will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor. “& ldquo; The brand-new Army chief also has various obstacles to face,” & rdquo; he stated. PTI chief Imran Khan also praised the brand-new army chief and the CJCSC, while JI leader Siraj ul Haq stated the visit of the COAS in accordance with formal treatments was a great omen.

MQM Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar expressed his hopes that General Bajwa will continue with the policies of General Raheel Sharif to combat terrorism.

Inning accordance with ANP leader Zahid Khan, border circumstance and tensions with India would be a larger obstacle for the brand-new army chief, than terrorism.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif got General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the 16th Chief of Army Personnel (COAS), putting an end to weeks of speculations referring to appointment on the effective post.

General Bajwa will take command of the Pakistan Army from incumbent Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on November 29.

On the other hand, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat has actually been selected Chairman Joint Chiefs of Personnel Committee (CJCSC). Incumbent CJCSC General Rashad Mahmood is also set to retire on November 29.

President Mamnoon Hussain promoted the two lieutenant generals to the rank of four-star generals on the recommendations of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.



GEO TELEVISION – Pakistan

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