webRAWALPINDI: The 16th Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Bajwa will assume command of the army at a ceremony at the Army Hockey Stadium today.

Outgoing chief General Raheel went to the Yadgar-e-Shuhada and laid a floral wreath and offered Fateha. COAS-Designate General Bajwa was also present there.

After this, Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif will pin badges on his successor at the GHQ, from there they will proceed to the venue where a formal change of command ceremony will be held.

Military band entered into the stadium lead by honorary lieutenant Ghulam Ali.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq, Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Federal Minister for SAFRON Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch and Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb are present.


Chief guest Gen Raheel alongwith COAS-designate Gen Bajwa reached the ground.


Gen Raheel’s address

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.

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.


Change of Command: Gen Raheel passed the baton of command to Gen Bajwa