General Raheel Sharif Change of command Farewell Ceremony
Pakistan’s new army chief succeeding General Raheel Sharif, who warned India against adopting an “aggressive stance” in Kashmir.
General Raheel handed over the command of world’s sixth-largest army by troop numbers to 57-year-old Bajwa+ at a ceremony held in the Army Hockey Stadium, close to the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday appointed Bajwa+ as chief of army staff (COAS) by elevating him to the rank of four-star general.
Raheel in January had declared that he would not seek extension. There were speculation that the PML-N government would give him extension at the eleventh hour citing reasons that he was needed by the country to lead war on terror. The post of Army chief is the most powerful in Pakistan.