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Gen Bajwa was previously posted as the Inspector General for Training and Evaluation at the General Headquarters, the same post held by Gen Raheel Sharif before he took over as army chief.

Gen Raheel was the first army chief in last two decades who retired on time and that too with dignity. The post of the army chief is the most powerful in Pakistan.

However, another appointment on Saturday went nearly unnoticed - that of Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the other most powerful seat in the Pakistani military. "We are not anxious about India at all", he said, speaking at the 9th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar in Karachi. This is said to be due to his extensive involvement with PoK (Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir) and northern areas.

He has also been Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade and Chief of Staff of Rawalpindi Corps. Bajwa also served as commander for the 10 Corps, seen as the army's most elite corps.

Qamar Bajwa has been an instructor at School of Infantry and Tactics, Quetta, Command and Staff College, Quetta and NDU.

His military colleagues say he is not attention-seeking and remains well connected with his troops, said Daily Pakistan.

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Meanwhile, the United States yesterday welcomed the appointment of the new army chief and expressed hope that the country would never allow the use of its soil for terrorism against its neighbours.

General Hayat was serving as chief of general staff (CGS) prior to his present appointment. "He is more reserved than his predecessor and that will help make the situation more harmonious with the government".

Hayat is from the artillery.

"The legacy of General Raheel Sharif would continue in the light of the examples he set", Asif said.

"General Bajwa, whom I have met a few times, is someone who will not interfere a lot in the civilian government matters", Lieutenant-General (retd) Talat Masood, a defence analyst, told Al Jazeera. General Sharif has said that he is "ready to serve Pakistan" even after his retirement through helping military veterans. The main activity at the General Headquarters ahead of today's ceremony was the farewell corps commanders' conference that was attended by the COAS-designate, corps commanders and principal staff officers, reports the Dawn.

His earlier picks were Gen Asif Nawaz Janjua (1991), Gen Waheed Kakar (1993), Gen Musharraf (1998) and Gen Raheel Sharif (2013).


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