Rawalpindi: General Qamar Javed Bajwa, an expert in PoK affairs, yesterday took over as Pakistan’s new army chief, succeeding Gen Raheel Sharif, and promised to improve the situation at the Line of Control soon.

Gen Raheel handed over the command of world’s sixth-largest army by troop numbers to 57-year-old Bajwa at a ceremony held in the Army Hockey Stadium, close to the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday appointed Bajwa as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) by elevating him to the rank of a four-star general.

Raheel in January had declared that he would not seek extension. There was speculation that the PML-N government would give him extension at the eleventh hour citing reasons that he was needed by the country to lead the war on terror.

After taking charge as the COAS from Raheel, Bajwa spoke to reporters. “The situation at the LoC will improve soon,” he was quoted as saying by Geo News.