Qamar Bajwa becomes Pakistan’s first ‘Qadiani’ Army Chief
In a boost to country’s minorities, largely Muslim country of Pakistan has appointed it’s first ‘Qadiani’ Chief of Army Staff. Qadianis who are also known as Ahmadis were declared a ‘non-Muslim’ minority in 1974 by Pakistan.
The new chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, who was first commissioned in 16 Baloch Regiment on 24 October 1980 will replace the widely popular Gen. Raheel Sharif. He is the son of Late Colonel Muhammad Iqbal Bajwa. His father served with Qadiani General Iftikhar Janjua during the 1965 Pakistan-India war, Both became close friends.
In 1966 his father converted to the Qadiani faith after a visit to the Ahmadiyya Headquarters of Rabwah with Iftikhar Janjua. Although his brothers Iftikhar Bajwa and Anwar Bajwa remained Sunni. After his death in 1967, his dead body was brought back to the Qadiani Headquarters of Rabwah (ChenabNagar) and buried in the graveyard also known as ‘Bahishti Maqbara’. This is the graveyard where only Ahmadis who pay 10% of their income are buried.
On his father’s death anniversary every year Qamar Bajwa makes a regular trip to Rabwah to pray at his father’s grave. (Pictures attached). In 2009 his father’s gravestone was vandalized and the ‘Kalma’ written on his gravestone was blanked out. In reaction, Bajwa sent three truckloads of Army Personnel to find and arrest the responsible vandals. An Imam Masjid from Chiniot and 6 other people were arrested.
In 2011, General Baja made the security arrangement for the annual Qadiani convention.
Due to the close kinship of his late father with Qadiani General Iftikhar Janjua, Qamar Javed Bajwa who married the niece of Iftikhar Janjua in order to avoid revealing his Qadiani faith to other military families within the army.
Being a family member of two high-ranking military officials, Qamar Bajwa ended up getting enrolled in top military courses. He studied at Canadian Military College, (Toronto) Canada, as well as Naval University, in California, USA. Qamar Bajwa and Raheel Sharif became close friends after they were both invited to play Bridge with former COAS Pervez Musharraf, while he was still President. This him to several more high-ranking posts including Rawalpindi Corps, and Inspector General of Training and Evaluation at GHQ. Two posts where only the closest of Musharraf aides were appointed.