Smooth change of command

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GENERAL Qamar Bajwa assumed command of the Pakistan Army from General Raheel Sharif at an impressive ceremony held in Rawalpindi on Tuesday, which was attended by senior leadership of the Army. At a similar ceremony held a day earlier, General Zubair Hayat assumed charge of the coveted office of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.
The smooth change of command is surely a tribute to maturity of the system that has frustrated designs and ill-will of those who wanted some ominous thing to happen. Contrary to the doomsday scenario that was being presented by some analysts and commentators, General Raheel Sharif demonstrated extreme sense of respect for the system and devoted himself to professional pursuits expected of a true soldier. It was because of this act that entire nation is saluting him as he leaves the charge in a dignified manner and for the excellent job he has done during his illustrious tenure. It also augurs well for the country that the General replacing General Raheel has an equal reputation of being a thorough professional. Pakistan is facing enormous security challenges and external threats, which are going to complicate further because of belligerence of the leadership in our east and changing geo-political environment in the region and beyond. General Raheel worked meticulously to ward off many dangers and his successor — General Qamar Javed Bajwa — will hopefully carry forward the mission of strengthening Pakistan’s security and defence in a visionary manner. Major successes have been achieved in war against terror but much more needs to be done to stabilise the gains and to take care of remnants of terror. As China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is progressing ahead, some regional and global powers are indulging in conspiracies as part of their plans to deny Pakistan benefits of progress and development and the ensuing stability. Therefore, the new Army Chief will have to devote more attention to this aspect as well as addressing the challenge of security in Balochistan and Karachi. At the same time, conscientious efforts must be made to further improve civil-military relations without which there can’t be continuity of policies and actions.