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No shift in Pakistan’s defence policy: Minister

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Islamabad: There will be no immediate shift in Pakistans military policy under the new army chief, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said, Geo News reported.

“The military policy will continue and there will be no immediate change in it,” Asif told Geo News following Lt.Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s appointment as the next chief of Pakistan’s army.

“The legacy of General Raheel Sharif would continue in the light of the examples he set,” he added.

The US on Sun­day issued a statement, welcoming Gen Bajwa’s appointment and said it wanted to assist Pakistan with its domestic and regional counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism efforts.
Pakistans army chief-designate Lt. Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa has “zero presence” on social media and any accounts under his name are fake, the army’s media wing has clarified on Monday.

“#COAS designate Gen Qamar Bajwa has zero presence on social media. All Facebook / Twitter & other social media platforms IDs & accounts on his name are fake,” Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa, head of the military’s media wing, the Inter-Services Press Relations, said.

The announcement came just a day after Lt. Gen. Bajwa was appointed as the country’s new chief of army staff, succeeding General Raheel Sharif, who retires on November 29.

The army’s spokesperson announced that a formal change of command ceremony will be held on Tuesday at the army’s general headquarters in Rawalpindi to welcome the incoming chief.

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