Recently, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif nominated Lt. Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS). The outgoing COAS, General Raheel Sharif, is set to retire on November 29. Following the change-of-command, General Sharif will indisputably leave behind a respected, popular, and exemplary legacy throughout the country, particularly on counterterrorism.
As the 15th Chief of Army Staff, assuming office in November 2013, Sharif was the architect of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, a domestic offensive launched by the Pakistan Army against terrorist groups such as the Tehreek-e-Taliban in 2014. His leadership helped curb the ascendancy of these terrorist groups. While initially criticized for his lack of experience regarding battleground operations, Sharif successfully silenced his critics by improving the situation on the ground, improving outcomes for Pakistanis who had grappled with extremism and continued to render numerous sacrifices in the line of terrorism.
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