General Qamar Javed Bajwa Complete Biography, Early Life, Education

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa is a four-star rank army general and the current Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army, appointed since November 2016.

Qamar Javed Bajwa Biography

EARLY LIFE AND Background

Bajwa was born on the 11th of November 1960 in Karachi to a Punjabi Jat family belongs to Ghakhar Mandi. His father, Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Iqbal Bajwa, was also an Army officer who died during his service in 1967 in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan.

His mother died in September 2013. Bajwa is the youngest of five siblings.

He is married and has two sons. Bajwa’s father-in-law was also an Army officer who retired as a Major General. 

Bajwa as a young army officer in a picture dated 1992 with his wife and two sons.

EDUCATION

Qamar Bajwa received his secondary and intermediate education from F. G. Sir Syed College and Gordon College in Rawalpindi before joining the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, in 62nd Long Course. He is a graduate of Canadian Army Command and Staff College in Canada, Naval Postgraduate School in the United States, and National Defence University, Pakistan.

MILITARY CAREER

General Bajwa was enrolled in the Pakistan Army in 1978. He was commissioned on the 24th of October 1980 in 16 Baloch Regiment, the same unit his late father commanded in the 1960s.

CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF

Qamar javed bajwa biography

In November 2016, Bajwa was promoted to four-star general and was appointed as the 16th Chief of the Army Staff of the Pakistan Army by the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. It is believed that Bajwa’s pro-democracy track record and views played an important role in his appointment for the COAS position. 

OTHER INTERESTS AND HOBBIES

Qamar javed bajwa biography
Bajwa during the 2019 cricket world cup match at Lord’s.

Bajwa is an avid reader and has a keen interest in the History of Europe. He loves watching cricket and used to play cricket as a wicket-keeper.

STANCE ON EXTREMISM

General Qamar Bajwa reportedly prefers to keep himself updated about the latest developments within the Indian national landscape. He has intensified focus to fight extremism in all its manifestations, declaring it a significant driving force for terrorism. He advised his fellow citizens, especially the youth, to fight extremism.

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