Challenges for new COAS

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ON Saturday Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa the new COAS and Gen Zubair Hayat the new CJCSC. Soon after the announcement, electronic and social media was flooded with felicitation messages for the new appointees and appreciation for the outgoing Army Chief General Raheel Sharif. This is sufficient to show how much the nation was eagerly awaiting the announcement and how much love and respect it accords to its armed forces.
The tenure of Raheel Sharif which saw some very bold and decisive steps against war on terror that not only helped break the back of terrorists in tribal areas but also improved overall situation in Karachi and Balochistan would always be remembered by the nation. Raheel’s contributions and commitment to implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project and his firm and strong response to Indian belligerence also earned him laurels and respect. This is the legacy that the new Army Chief would have to take forward. As the war on terror has entered into decisive phase, the people are expecting that the new army chief in its tenure would take it to logical conclusion with elimination of all terrorists to realise the long cherished dream of complete peace. With this, Qamar Bajwa would also have to confront Indian belligerence both against the CPEC and war like situation along Line of Control, Working boundary. Having rich and vast experience in their realm, we have no doubt that the new military leadership with continued support of the nation would successfully overcome all security related challenges being faced by the country. But time has also come for the civilian law enforcers to fulfil their responsibilities with regard to maintenance of law & order situation and federal and provincial governments must equip them with right kind of training, equipment so that they could also perform their duties in a professional manner.