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New COAS appointment: Army Chief General Bajwa pays farewell visits to PMA and Baloch Regimental Center

RAWALPINDI: Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa continued to pay farewell visits to different formations and corps on Tuesday.

General Bajwa paid farewell visits to Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul and Baloch Regimental Centre Abbottabad, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

General Bajwa interacted with the cadets and officers at the PMA Kakul and also met soldiers and officers of Baloch Regimental Center in Abbottabad on Tuesday.

General Bajwa appreciated exceptionally standards of the Pakistan Army’s premier training institution and its efforts towards promoting the future army leaders. 

“The army chief also advised cadets to focus their energies in pursuit of professional excellence,” said the ISPR.

No favourite candidate for COAS: Defence Minister

Meanwhile army chief General Bajwa, who is retiring on Nov 29, laid floral wreath at the martyrs’ monument and offered fateha.

Earlier, the COAS was welcomed by Commander Rawalpindi Corps Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza at Kakul.

Later, the COAS visited Baloch Regimental Centre where he laid floral wreath at the Shuhada monument, he interacted with serving and retired Officers and troops of the illustrious Baloch Regiment, said the military’s media wing. 

The COAS also paid rich tribute to the regiment’s supreme sacrifices, said the ISPR.

Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Azhar Abbas received the army chief upon his arrival at Baloch Regimental Centre.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said the PML-N had no favourite name for the appointment of army chief.

When asked about rumour of a deadlock between Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari over the name of the new army chief, Khawaja Asif said that intraparty consultations for the appointment of COAS have not yet been started.

Defence Minister said, “The process for the appointment of army chief will start from Nov 18-19 and the army will send names of senior most Lt-Generals.”

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