Pakistan Appoints Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa as Army Chief of Staff in Unusually Smooth Transition

Pakistan Appoints Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa as Army Chief of Staff in Unusually Smooth Transition

In boost for country’s democracy, top military leader for first time in 20 years gives way to successor after his term ends

By
Saeed Shah
Nov. 26, 2016 2:05 p.m. ET

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Pakistan’s government appointed a new army chief of staff on Saturday, a boost for democracy in the coup-prone nation and the first smooth transition for the top military job in 20 years.

Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa was named to succeed Gen. Raheel Sharif, who became the first head of the army since 1996 to make way for his successor after completing a standard three-year term.

With the appointment, however,...

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