webRAWALPINDI: Pakistan’s new Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa assumed the command of the powerful institution today at an impressive ceremony held at the Army Hockey Stadium.

In a spirited change-of-command ceremony, the outgoing army chief General Raheel Sharif handed over the traditional Malaca Cane to the new COAS General Qamar Bajwa.

Senior and retired civil and military officials and a large number of defence attaches, General Raheel Sharif witnessed the ceremony.

Gen Raheel’s address

Addressing the assembly, Gen. Raheel said,” I am thankful to the Almighty for providing me the opportunity to lead the world’d finest army, I always preferred the national interests over everything and the army supported me wholeheartedly. Pakistan today, is more secure and peaceful, I thank government and media fraternity for backing the army to achieve the desired results,” he added.

Gen. Raheel also warned Pakistan’s enemies to shun their policies to harm CPEC.

“The implementation on the National Action Plan is a must. I warn India to stay away from heating up the border tension else we are prepared to give a befitting reply. The enemies of China Pakistan Econoic Corridor (CPEC) must shun their policies to harm the project and join hands with us to reap the benefits,” he said.

Leaving behind a legacy of bravery, courage and boldness, General Raheel made significant contributions during his three tenures by articulating a doctrine to face the challenges both from outside and inside forces.

A military band enthralled the audience with national and regional tunes before the arrival of the outgoing chief General Raheel and COAS-Designate General Qamar Bajwa at the stadium.

A smartly turned-out contingent of the Pakistan Army presented the general salute to COAS General Raheel who also reviewed the parade.

General Raheel also went to the Yadgar-e-Shuhada and laid a floral wreath and offered Fateha.