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Ex-COAS Bajwa attends martyrs day ceremony, image goes viral

The picture of COAS Gen Asim Munir and ex-COAS Gen (retd) Bajwa sitting side by side is going viral on social media as prominent journalists of Pakistan comment on it. 

Picture of former Chief of Army Staff General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa attending the Martyr’s Day ceremony held at the General Headquarters, Rawalpindi is going viral on social media.

25th May marks the Youm-e-Takreem Shuhada-e-Pakistan (Martyrs Reverence Day) and the nation is paying rich tribute to the martyrs who laid their lives while defending the motherland and its people.

The ceremony was attended by the Chief of Army Staff, General Asim Munir, former army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa, former chairman joint chiefs of staff committee General (retd) Nadeem Raza, and families of the martyrs.

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Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam, Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman, law enforcement personnel, students, teachers, and other members of the society were also present. Floral wreaths were also laid at the martyrs’ monument.

However, what stood out was the attendance of the former Army Chief General (retd) Bajwa and the fact that he was sitting next to the incumbent COAS General Asim Munir. The picture of the two military leaders sitting side by side is going viral on social media as prominent journalists of Pakistan comment on it.

“The same page? Bad optics!” senior Asma Shirazi said.

“This is a terrible frame. Gen Bajwa doesn’t deserve this endorsement, the occasion regardless,” Syed Talat Hussain said.

“General Bajwa is back. Army’s message is loud,” Murtaza Ali Shah said.

“Chief of Army Staff General Syed Asim Munir seated Army Chief General Retired Qamar Javed Bajwa with him on the occasion of the main event of Pakistan Martyrs Day and honored him. Gave a very clear message to all. Loud and clear message. Roger,” Asad Kharal said. 

Ex-COAS Bajwa has been seldom seen in public since his retirement last November, however, amid the backdrop of Pakistan’s current political climate relating to PTI, the image has gone viral on social.

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