RAWALPINDI: The baton of succession, the ‘Malacca Cane’ has been passed. General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday handed over the command of Pakistan army to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa
General Bajwa took charge as the 16th army chief of the world’s sixth-largest army by troop numbers in a formal colourful handover.
The succession ceremony where General Raheel Sharif handed over the ceremonial baton to his successor was held at the hockey stadium of General Headquarters (GHQ) in the garrison city.
The event was attended by heads of the armed forces, top civil-military leadership and other local and international dignitaries.
Former army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and current Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat also attended the ceremony.
General Raheel Sharif observed a guard of honour for his outstanding achievements in the war against terrorism and services for Pakistan.
General Bajwa replaced General Sharif after his three-year term ended today, a rare example of a smooth transition in a nation where army chiefs have a history of clinging to power.