Pakistan Appoints Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa as Army Chief of Staff in Unusually Smooth Transition – Wall Street Journal

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Pakistan’s government appointed a new army chief of staff on Saturday, a boost for democracy in the coup-prone nation and the first smooth transition for the top military job in 20 years.

Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa was named to succeed Gen. Raheel Sharif, who became the first head of the army since 1996 to make way for his successor after completing a standard three-year term.

With the appointment, however,…

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