General Qamar Javed Bajwa has taken charge as the 16th Chief of Army Staff (COAS) at an impressive change of command ceremony at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.
Outgoing Army Chief General Raheel Sharif handed over the traditional Malacca Cane to General Qamar Javed Bajwa symbolising the change of command. Raheel Sharif enjoyed much praise and salutations in his tenure.
Baton handed over to Gen Qamar Bajwa during change of command ceremony pic.twitter.com/wGDmSmp9jn
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The military band presented tunes of folk and national songs for the amusement of the audience which also included foreign dignitaries.
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General Raheel Sharif has given a farewell salute after he passed the baton of command to Gen Bajwa. Gen Raheel also addressed the ceremony after reviewing the guard of honour.
“I am thankful to Allah who gave me the opportunity to lead the best army in the world,” Gen Raheel said.
Further, he expressed hope that Pakistan Army would continue to live up to the nation’s expectations.
“As army chief, I always gave priority to the national interest,” he said, adding that “Pakistan changed history by fighting a successful war against terrorism.”
Lauding the efforts of Pakistan’s armed forces, the outgoing COAS said,
“Our troops set standards of achievement, in particular through Operation Zarb-e-Azb.”
Speaking of CPEC and India, He said:
“Those who wished to sabotage the CPEC must now give up and start supporting the project.”
“India must not take our patience as our weakness.”
Address of General Raheel Sharif:
Outgoing Army Chief General Raheel’s address at change of command of Pak Army ceremony pic.twitter.com/6HVqjLkrBr
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Gen Raheel was the first army chief in last two decades who retired on time and that too with dignity.
Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, members of the Federal Cabinet, Services Chiefs, parliamentarians and senior civil and military officials attended the ceremony held at Army Hockey Stadium.