Lt. General Zubair Hayat has been appointed as the new Chairman Joint Chief of Staff committee. He was the senior most of the contenders but has been superseded by Gen. Bajwa.
General Bajwa will replace the outgoing Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif during a change of guard ceremony on November 29.
Both generals will be promoted to the rank of four-star generals, and will formally take their posts after the retirement of General Raheel Sharif.
Qamar Javed Bajwa is currently Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation branch at General Headquarters. He belongs to the Baloch Regiment and is the third Army Chief from the regiment.
Bajwa served as Chief of Staff at X Corps in Rawalpindi and has also commanded formation division in Northern Areas. He has also commanded a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo.
He was awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) in 2011.
The others contenders were Bahawalpur Corps Commander Lt Gen Javed Iqbal Ramday and Multan Corps Commander Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem.
The decision was made after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned from a visit to Turkmenistan.