Politicians react to appointment of new COAS


KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: Several political figures on Saturday provided blended reactions 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 difficulties for the brand-new commander ahead.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif extended his good desires for the new army chief stating, “The military policy would continue and there would be no instant modification in it”.

“The focus will remain on country’s eastern border and the militaries backed by the country will satisfy all difficulties,” he said, while speaking with Geo News.

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

The defence minister expressed hope that the government and military leadership will continue to work together for the improvement of the country.

Opposition leader Khursheed Shah said the country’& rsquo; s prayers were with the new army chief, including that he hoped the brand-new COAS will follow in the steps of his predecessor. “& ldquo; The brand-new Army chief likewise has numerous challenges to face,” & rdquo; he said. PTI chief Imran Khan likewise 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 procedures was a promise.

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

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

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

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

Meanwhile, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat has been designated 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 TV – Pakistan

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