Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was on Monday given an extension in term for three years due to “regional security environment”.
“General Qamar Javed Bajwa is appointed Chief of Army Staff for another term of three years from the date of completion of current tenure. The decision has been taken in view of regional security environment,” a Pakistani news organisation quoted the notification issued by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s office.
General Bajwa, 58, who was appointed as the chief of Army Staff by former jailed prime minister Nawaz Sharif in November 2016, was to retire in November.
“The decision has been taken in view of the regional security environment,” the Dawn reported, citing the decision made by Prime Minister Khan.
Earlier, there were reports that Prime Minister Khan may give another term to Bajwa as both were working closely.
Bajwa accompanied Khan on his maiden US visit during which he met US President Donald Trump at the White House.
The move comes just a week after Bajwa warned that his troops were prepared to “go to any extent” to help Kashmiris after the Indian government revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Bajwa presided over the Corps Commanders Conference, which is the highest decision making forum of the army, held at General Headquarters on a single point agenda of Kashmir.
“Pakistan Army firmly stands by the Kashmiris in their just struggle to the very end. We are prepared and shall go to any extent to fulfil our obligations…,” Gen Bajwa told the army commanders.
Source : Various