Life and Family
- Qamar Javed Bajwa was enrolled in the Pakistan Army in 1978 and was commissioned on 24 October 1980 in 16 Baloch Regiment. This was the same unit that his late father commanded in 1960s which helped his case since he had witnessed his father in action in the same region.He briefly served in 5th Northern Light Infantry Regiment in Kashmir in 1992 as major. As Lieutenant Colonel, he served in the X Corps which is stationed in Rawalpindi, where he was general staff officer. As a brigadier, Bajwa served as Chief of Staff at X Corps and has also commanded a division in Northern Areas as formation commander. Bajwa has also commanded a brigade in United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo in 2007. He served in Congo as a brigade commander in 2007 under former Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army Bikram Singh, who was serving there as a division commander. Gen Singh later termed Bajwa’s performance there as “professional and outstanding” and praised his work ethics throughout the term of his service under the Indian General.
- General Qamar Javed Bajwa was promoted to the rank of Major General in May 2009. As a Major General, Bajwa served as the Force Commander of Gilgit-Baltistan which happens to be one of the most difficult terrain to serve in. He held the title of the General Officer Commanding in that region. He was awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) in August 2011. Bajwa was an instructor at School of Infantry and Tactics in Quetta, training army recruits at Command and Staff College in Quetta and at National Defense University, Pakistan.
- General Qamar Bajwa at that time was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in August 2013 and was installed as Corps Commander X Corps shortly afterwards his appointment. He was Grade-I officer during his tenure as Corps Commander X Corps. In 2014, General Bajwa (Lieutenant General of that time) was installed as Colonel Commandant of Baloch Regiment. In September 2015, he was appointed as the Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation at the GHQ where he was a Principal Staff Officer to then Chief of Army Staff Raheel Shareef.
- General Qamar Javed Bajwa Biography - Parhlo.com Because of General Bajwa’s posting at the X Corps three times which happens to be Pakistan army’s important and largest corps, Qamar Javed Bajwa gained good experience of handling affairs in Kashmir. Kashmir has been a disputed territory since the birth of Pakistan and any General appointed as the Chief must be well versed and experienced in the military affairs of that region. This helped his case in becoming the 16th Chief of Armed Staff. He belongs to the infantry’s 16 Baloch Regiment and 62nd Pakistan Military Academy Long Course. Dawn, an esteemed and well-read newspaper in Pakistan, reported that he lacks the experience of armed conflict because he has never been posted in a war zone area which could have affected his case since Pakistan Army has been operational in the field fighting terrorism and other enemies since the mind can recall. Nevertheless, Qamar Javed Bajwa has sound understanding of Indian strategic ambitions in the region and experience of armed conflict on Line of Control in Kashmir. In December 2016, he was awarded Nishan-e-Imtiaz which happens to be the highest honor that can be bestowed to a civilian by the Government of Pakistan for their services to the country.
Chief of Army Staff
Coas Visits The Senate for the First TimeIn a first of its kind event, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa briefed the Senate Committee of the Whole on national security matters . Former Senate chairman Farook H Naek said, it was the "first time such a detailed briefing took place.Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani chaired the committee session. As per a notification issued earlier, the COAS and DGMO briefed members on the emerging national security paradigm for Pakistan with respect to recent visits and developments. Senators asked questions which were answered in detail by the Chief of Army Staff. Senator Mushahid Hussain hailed the briefing as a “historic day for democracy and civil-military relations in Pakistan”.A Committee of the Whole is formed when the entire membership of the House sits down as one committee constituted according to article 172A and 172B of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate.The session, which lasted over four hours, was also attended by DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, DG ISI Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar and DG Military Operations Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza. The extraordinary meeting will be presided over by Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani.Last time it was in May 2011 when then army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI DG Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha had briefed a joint session of the parliament about the Abbottabad operation in which al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden had been killed by the US forces.The decision to give the briefing to the senators had been taken voluntarily by the military leadership after seeing media reports about criticism in the Senate on the federal government and the military leadership for not taking the parliament into confidence over the recent developments, including the change in Washington’s policy towards Islamabad following the controversial remarks of US President Donald Trump about the role of Pakistan in the war on terror, border clashes with Afghan forces and Pakistan’s decision to become a part of a military alliance under Saudi Arabia.
COAS Reply to US AmbassadorChief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and US Ambassador David Hale had a meeting at the army's General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Wednesday 10 jan 2018. The US presidentsaid.“We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organisations,” He said during discussion that We are not looking for any material or financial assistance from the US, but trust, understanding and acknowledgement of our contributions.". During the meeting, Asif had told the ambassador that Pakistan would continue to work with the international community to eliminate the menace of terrorism.
Summary Of Achievement
- General Qamar Javed Bajwa was commissioned in 16 Baloch Regiment on 24 October 1980. This regiment alone has produced three out of the sixteen army chiefs in the past – General Yahya, General Aslam Baig and General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani.
- He is graduate of Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, (Toronto) Canada, Naval Post Graduate University, Monteray ( California) USA and National Defense University, Islamabad.
- He has been an instructor at School of Infantry and Tactics, Quetta, Command and Staff College, Quetta and NDU.
- He has also been Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade and Chief of Staff of Rawalpindi-based X Corps.
- He has commanded 16 Baloch Regiment, an Infantry Brigade and has commanded Infantry Division in Northern Areas (Commander FCNA).
- He has also commanded Pakistan’s Contingent in Congo as part of the United Nations peace keeping service.
- He has commanded Rawalpindi Corps, and was presently serving Inspector General Training and Evaluation at GHQ.
- Former Indian Army chief, General Bikram Singh, praised General Qamar Javed Bajwa as a ‘true professional’.
- In 2014, Qamar Javed Bajwa, who was the then Corps Commander Rawalpindi, had said: “we have no threat from India, in fact we have threats from the extremist between us”.
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