Former Army Chief Bikram Singh has cautioned India with regard to the approach of new Pakistan Army Chief Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Bajwa had served on a UN assignment under Gen (retd) Bikram Singh.
Singh described Lt Gen Bajwa as a “thorough professional” who gave an “outstanding performance” under him in Congo.
He said India should wait and watch and be “careful”.
Gen (retd) Bikram Singh also said that it is unlikely that there will be any drastic change in Pakistan’s military policy towards India.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa will become the 16th Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army on November 29 and is not expected to modify Pak Army’s decades-old strategy of bleeding the Indian Army to death through a thousand cuts in Kashmir.
Gen. Bajwa is expected to continue to target Indian Army across the LoC through raids by Kashmiri militants, covert operations by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and the occasional artillery and mortar bombardment.
Gen. Bajwa was once Chief of Staff (as a Brigadier General) of the important Pakistan Army X Corps. He returned as X Corps Commander from 2013 to 2015 and is, therefore, very familiar with Pakistan’s policy towards India.
X Corps is one of two military brigades seeing combat against India in Kashmir.
General Singh hoped that Lt General Bajwa will continue to consider homegrown extremism as a greater threat than India as he has publicly said.
Gen. Bajwa has extensive experience with the complexities, the nature of operations and terrain along the Line of Control (LoC) separating areas of Kashmir separately administered by India and Pakistan.