Former president and Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday telephoned Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and congratulated him for taking charge as the 16th Chief of Army Staff.

The former president extended his best wishes to General Bajwa and reiterated that his party would continue supporting the armed forces in their war against terrorism in the country.

He said that the entire nation was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with its valiant armed forces against growing Indian aggression on the eastern front.

Earlier, General Qamar Javed Bajwa officially took charge as the 16th Chief of Army Staff (COAS) during the Change of Command ceremony underway at Army Hockey Stadium near General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi today.

During the ceremony former COAS General Raheel Sharif handed over the ‘command stick’ to General Qamar Bajwa.

General Raheel Sharif, the chief guest at the ceremony, earlier reviewed the guard of honour and addressed the ceremony.

Former army chiefs and senior military officials are present at the Change of Command ceremony. Federal ministers, members of the Parliament and foreign diplomats are also in attendance.