By Meenakshi Sood
“Defense and security of Pakistan against external and internal threat will remain my ultimate objective as military chief” – Gen Bajwa
The transfer of power from one chief of army to another is usually an uneventful occasion, other than in Pakistan. Having experienced four military dictatorships and a dominating presence of the military in its polity, the country heaved a sigh of relief when Gen Raheel Sharif, despite speculation to the contrary, stepped down after the end of his tenure and made way for Gen Bajwa.Considered a ‘dark horse’ in the race, Gen Bajwa superseded four generals to become the 16th Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan. His pro-democracy views and low profile seemed to have tipped the balance in his favour. Three months into his tenure, he seems to be no different than his predecessors on major policy issues- be it relations with its neighbours - India and Afghanistan- or issues of internal security. The institutional interests of the military reign supreme, while individual idiosyncrasies allow for difference in style, not substance.