Qamar javed bajwa Net worth 2022, Family, Wife, Daughter, Education & More

10th Pakistani Army Chief

Qamar Javed Bajwa
NI(M), HI(M)

Official military portrait, 2017
10th Chief of Army Staff
Assumed office
29 November 2016
President Mamnoon Hussain
Arif Alvi
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
Imran Khan
Shehbaz Sharif
Preceded by General Raheel Sharif
Succeeded by Asim Munir
Personal details
Born (1960-11-11) 11 November 1960 (age 62)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Parent Lt Col Muhammad Iqbal Bajwa
Alma mater
  • Government Gordon College
  • F G Sir Syed College
  • Pakistan Military Academy
  • Canadian Army Command & Staff College
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • National Defence University
Military service
Allegiance Pakistan
Branch/service Pakistan Army
Years of service 1978–present
Rank General
Unit Baloch Regiment
Chief of Army Staff (since November 2016)

  • Ins-Gen (Training and Evaluation 2015–2016)
  • X Corps Rawalpindi (2013–2015)
  • GOC Force Command North Gilgit (2009)
  • War in Afghanistan
  • War in North-West Pakistan
  • Zarb-e-Azb
  • 2014 Indo-Pakistani tensions
  • Kargil War
  • Radd-ul-Fasaad
  • Khyber–1
  • 2019 India–Pakistan standoff
  • Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military)
  • Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)
  • GUSP Medal of Merit
  • Turkish Legion of Merit
  • Order of Military Merit
  • Order of Bahrain
  • Order of King Abdulaziz

General Qamar Javed Bajwa NI(M), HI(M) (Urdu: قمر جاوید باجوہ; born 11 November 1960) is a Pakistani army general and the tenth and current Chief of the Army Staff of Pakistan Army since 29 November 2016 Bajwa is scheduled to retire on 29 November 2022 following the final day of his second three year term as army chief In 2018 he was ranked 68th in the Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful People

Originally from Gakhar Mandi, Gen Bajwa was born into a Punjabi Jat family of Bajwa clan in Karachi Bajwa was educated at the FG Sir Syed College and Gordon College in Rawalpindi before joining the Pakistan Military Academy in 1978 Bajwa was commissioned in 1980 in the 16th Battalion of the Baloch Regiment Prior to his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff, he served at the General Headquarters as the Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation from September 2015 to November 2016 and as field commander of the X Corps from August 2013 to September 2015 which is responsible for the area along the Line of Control in Kashmir In addition, he served as a Brigadier in the UN mission in Congo and as a brigade commander in 2007

Early life and education

Born in Karachi, Sindh, on 11 November 1960, Bajwa was educated at the F G Sir Syed College and Gordon College in Rawalpindi before joining the Pakistan Military Academy in 1978 His family hails from Ghakhar Mandi, Punjab His father Muhammad Iqbal Bajwa was an officer of Pakistan Army who died while in service in 1967 in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan Bajwa was seven years old when his father died and he was the youngest of five siblings He and his siblings were raised by their mother, who died in September 2013 Bajwa’s father-in-law is Retired Major General Ijaz Amjad (brother of Iftikhar Khan Janjua)

Bajwa completed his secondary and intermediate education at F G Sir Syed College and Gordon College in Rawalpindi before joining the Pakistan Army in 1978, which directed him to attend the military academy He was sent to attend the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul and passing out in 1980

Bajwa is a graduate of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, United States He also attended the National Defence University, Islamabad

Military career

After joining the Pakistan Army in 1978, Bajwa who was enrolled at the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) in Kakul, passed out with the class of 62nd PMA Long Course and gained commission as 2nd-Lt, on 24 October 1980 in the 16th Baloch Regiment at the Sialkot Cantonment – the same unit that his father commanded

In 1988, Major Bajwa briefly served in the 5th Northern Light Infantry in Azad Kashmir In addition, Lieutenant-Colonel Bajwa served in the X Corps, stationed in Rawalpindi, as a Staff Officer Upon promotion as one-star rank army general, Brigadier Bajwa served as the Chief of Staff (COS) at the X Corps

In 2003, Brig Bajwa commanded the Pakistan Armed Forces-Africa Command, attached to the UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO, in D R Congo Brig Bajwa served in the D R Congo as a brigade commander under the then-Major General Bikram Singh, the former Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army from 2012 to 2014 Gen Singh later termed Bajwa’s performance there as “professional and outstanding”

After being promoted to the two-star rank in May 2009, Major-General Bajwa took over the command of the Force Command Northern Areas division as its GOC, stationed in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

In August 2011, he was honored with the Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), and posted as an instructor at the School of Infantry and Tactics, Quetta, and later taught staff course at Command and Staff College in Quetta, and course on national security at the National Defence University, Islamabad

On 14 August 2013, Maj-Gen Bajwa was promoted to three-star rank and posted as field commander of the X Corps, stationed in Rawalpindi He was appointed as Grade-I officer during his tenure as field commander of the X Corps The appointment was commented in the news media that noted that Lt-Gen Bajwa had been posted in X Corps thrice, which is the army’s most important and largest corps, which has experience of keeping control over the situation in Kashmir

In 2014, Lt-Gen Bajwa was appointed as Colonel Commandant of the Baloch Regiment

On 22 September 2015, Lt-Gen Bajwa was posted in the General Headquarters when he was appointed as the Inspector-General of the Training and Evaluation (IGT&E) There he was a Principal Staff Officer to the then-Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif

Chief of Army Staff

In 2016, General Raheel Sharif dismissed rumours of seeking the extension for his term Initially, the race for the appointment for the army chief was rumored between Lt-Gen Zubair Hayat and Lt-Gen Javed Ramday who was close to the first family However, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced to appoint the-then senior most army general, Lt-Gen Zubair Hayat as the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee

On 29 November 2016, Prime Minister Sharif eventually announced to appoint General Bajwa – the fourth by seniority, as the Chief of Army Staff, superseding two generals who were senior than him His strong pro-democracy stance and views may have influenced his appointment as the army chief as noted by the media pundits The Reuters reported that Prime Minister Sharif picked Bajwa because of his low-key style He was also noted as the fourth oldest Chief of Army Staff

In December 2016, he was awarded the Nishan-e-Imtiaz

Under the command of Gen Bajwa, the nationwide counter-terrorism Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad and Khyber-4 were launched in February 2017 and July 2017, respectively

In 2018 he was ranked 68th in the Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful People, compiled by Forbes magazine, which called him de facto the most powerful person in Pakistan who “established himself as a mediator and proponent of democracy”

On July 25, 2018, the general elections were held in Pakistan They have been labeled as dirtiest elections in Pakistan history with army under Gen Bajwa being accused of manipulating the elections and engineering a victory for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf over army’s challenger Pakistan Muslim League (N) The former prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif alleged that Bajwa was behind his disqualification from the Prime Minister office by putting pressure on judiciary and on the Supreme Court He also alleged that Bajwa was also involved in rigging the general election Subsequently, Muhammad Safdar Awan, son-in-law of Nawaz Sharif was arrested allegedly through pressure in the aftermath of enforced disappearance of Sindh Police’s provincial senior police officer Mushtaq Mahar

In October 2018, Bajwa was awarded the Order of the Military Merit by Jordan’s King Abdullah II

On 19 August 2019, his tenure as army chief was extended for another three years, starting from November 2019 until November 2022, by Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan However, on 26 November 2019, the Supreme Court of Pakistan suspended the three-year extension On 28 November 2019, the Supreme Court of Pakistan announced a short order allowing a 6-month extension in Bajwa’s term as the COAS, during which the parliament was to legislate on the extension/reappointment of an army chief On 8 January 2020, the Senate of Pakistan passed the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2020, allowing for Bajwa’s tenure extension up to three years until 29 November 2022

In April 2022, Bajwa publicly suggested at a security forum in Islamabad that Pakistan had been pushed into dependence on China Nevertheless, highlighting the attacks on Chinese nationals in Karachi, Chinese General Zhang Youxia asked General Bajwa to stop what it called attacks on its nationals Bajwa vow to enhance counter-terror cooperation

Bajwa doctrine

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin meets with Pakistani Chief of Army Staff in Washington DC on October 4, 2022

The term “Bajwa Doctrine” was coined by the Royal United Services Institute after Bajwa’s address to the 54th Munich Security Conference in 2018 This emphasised what he called “biting back hard” against threats from the Trump administration A second version of the doctrine was discussed with journalists in March 2018, stressing democracy, ensuring proper respect of the institutions of the state, eliminating terrorism, bringing terrorists into the mainstream, and viewing the devolution provisions of the Eighteenth Amendment with skepticism He has urged his fellow citizens, especially the youth, to fight extremism, saying it is a key driving force for terrorism

Journalist Suhail Warraich commented on the doctrine in detail writing for The News International

A “Bajwa Doctrine 20” was outlined in March 2021 during the Islamabad Security Dialogue This centred on four themes: an enduring peace internal and external to Pakistan, non-interference in the internal affairs of neighbouring and regional countries, building intra-regional trade and connectivity, and bringing sustainable development via investment and economic hubs within the region He also said that national security was not the preserve of the armed forces and that “unless our own house is in order, nothing good could be expected from outside,” and that “It is time to bury the past and move forward But for the resumption of the peace process or meaningful dialogue, our neighbour will have to create a conducive environment, particularly in Indian-Occupied Kashmir”

Personal life

Bajwa is married to Ayesha The couple have two sons, Saad and Ali

He is an avid reader and is interested in the history of Europe He enjoys cricket and used to play cricket as a wicket-keeper

Awards and decorations



(Order of Excellence)




(Crescent of Excellence)



(General Service Medal)

Siachen Glacier Clasp


(Nuclear Test Medal)


Tamgha-e-Istaqlal Pakistan

(Escalation with India Medal)



(Medal of Conviction)


10 Years Service Medal 20 Years Service Medal 30 Years Service Medal 35 Years Service Medal
40 Years Service Medal Hijri Tamgha

(Hijri Medal)


Jamhuriat Tamgha

(Democracy Medal)


Qarardad-e-Pakistan Tamgha

(Resolution Day

Golden Jubilee Medal)


Tamgha-e-Salgirah Pakistan

(Independence Day

Golden Jubilee Medal)


Command & Staff College Quetta

Instructor’s Medal

United Nations


(2 Deployments;

2003 & 2007)

GUSP Medal For Merit



Turkish Legion of Merit



The Order of Military Merit



The Order of Bahrain

1st Class



Order of King Abdul Aziz

(1st Class)

(Saudi Arabia)

Foreign decorations

Foreign Awards
 United Nations UN MONUC (Congo) Medal
 Russia GUSP Medal For Merit
 Turkey Turkish Legion of Merit
 Jordan The Order of Military Merit
 Bahrain The Order of Bahrain, 1st Class
 Saudi Arabia Order of King Abdul Aziz (1st Class)
 United Arab Emirates Order of the Union Medal

Effective dates of promotion

Insignia Rank Date
General, COAS Nov 2016
Lieutenant-General Jul 2013
Major-General May 2009
Brigadier Apr 2004
Colonel Sep 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Apr 1997
Major Nov 1987
Captain Apr 1983
Lieutenant Oct 1981
Second Lieutenant Oct 1980

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