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Setting at rest weeks of intense speculation, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday appointed Lt General Qamar Javed Bajwa as Pakistan’s new Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

Sharif also finalised Lt General Zubair Hayat as the new Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC), Dawn online reported.

A career infantry officer belonging to the Baloch Regiment, Bajwa is currently serving as Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation.

Bajwa and Hayat will be promoted to the rank of four-star generals and take up their new posts from November 29, the day the current Army Chief Raheel Sharif retires.

Others in contention for the post of army chief were Bahawalpur Corps Commander Lt General Javed Iqbal Ramday and Multan Corps Commander Lt General Ishfaq Nadeem.