The 17th Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC)
General Zubair Mahmood Hayat
Besides the appointment of Lt. General Qamar Javed Bajwa as new Chief of Army Staff, the government also appointed Lt. General Zubair Mahmood Hayat as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).
- Lt Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat was commissioned in Artillery Regiment on 24 Oct 1980. He attended Pakistan Military Academy’s 62nd long course.
- He is a graduate of Fort Sill Oklahoma, USA, Command and Staff College Camberlay UK and National Defence University, Islamabad.
- Gen Hayat was the 32nd Chief of the General Staff in the country’s history and is now the 17th Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee since March 1, 1976, when this slot was created by the then premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
- He has commanded an artillery regiment, mechanized division artillery, an infantry Brigade and an Infantry Division.
- As a Major General, Hayat served as General Officer Commanding (GOC) Sialkot and led Staff Duties Directorate.
- He was elevated to the rank of Lieutenant General in January 2013 and was instated as corps commander Bahawalpur.
- He was later appointed as the director general (DG) of the Strategic Plans Division in December 2013. The division, formed in 2001, is vital to research for and development of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, and it works as the secretariat of National Command Authority.
- After this crucial responsibility, Gen Hayat was appointed as Chief of General Staff (CGS).
- He has commanded 31 Corps Bahawalpur Pakistan and was presently Chief of General Staff at General Headquarters, Rawalpindi.
- He has also been Chief of Staff of a strike Corps, Private Secretary to Chief of Army Staff and Director General Staff Studies Directorate at General Headquarters Rawalpindi.
- His father retired from Pakistan Army as a major general. Gen. Zubair’s two brothers are also serving at important posts. One of his brothers is Lt Gen Umar Hayat who is the incumbent chairman of Pakistan Ordnance Factories Wah Cantt., while his second brother Maj Gen Ahmad Mahmood Hayat is serving in Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) as Director-General (Analysis).
- He has been Adjutant at Pakistan Military Academy, Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, Army and Air adviser at Pakistan embassy in United Kingdom.
- Some of those who worked with Gen Hayat describe him as “workaholic” and a “vociferous reader”. He is also said to have a very sharp memory.
Pakistan’s 16th Chief of Army Staff
General Qamar Javed Bajwa
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed General Qamar Javed Bajwa as Pakistan’s 16th Chief of Army Staff (COAS). General Bajwa took command of the Pakistan Army on November 29.
- General Qamar Javed Bajwa was born in Ghakhar Mandi, Gujranwala.
- He was commissioned on 24 October 1980 in the 16 Baloch Regiment, the battle-hardened force that in the past has given three army chiefs, including Gen Yahya Khan, Gen Aslam Beg and Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.
- He is a graduate of Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, (Toronto) Canada, Naval Post Graduate University, Monteray (California) USA, National Defence University, Islamabad.
- He has been an instructor at the School of Infantry and Tactics, Quetta, Command and Staff College, Quetta and the National Defence University (NDU).
- He has also been Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade and Chief of Staff of Rawalpindi Corps.
- General Bajwa has commanded the 16 Baloch Regiment, an Infantry Brigade as well as Infantry Division in Northern Areas.
- He has also commanded Pakistan Contingent in Congo, where he worked alongside the former Indian army chief General Bikram Singh, who according to the Hindustan Times, described Gen Bajwa as an ‘outstanding and professional solider’.
- Before being named the new army chief, Gen Bajwa was serving as the Inspector General Training and Evaluation at the General Headquarters (GHQ), the same post Gen Raheel was holding before being appointed as the army chief in November 2013.
- He has commanded the 10 Corps, the army’s largest, which is responsible for the area along the Line of Control (LoC).
- He has vast experience of dealing with issues related to Kashmir and the LoC, which is currently the focus of attention due to the bloody exchanges between the border guards of the two countries.
- His military colleagues say he is not attention-seeking and remains well-connected with his troops.
- Analysts believe Gen Bajwa will certainly try to work smoothly with the civilian government in order to avoid any unnecessary controversy.
- General Bajwa is the 5th COAS appointed by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.