The Hush Post | 7:31 pm | One-minute read |
Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure has been extended. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has granted Gen Bajwa an extension of three years. He has been given extension citing “regional security environment”.
A statement from the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) read, “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.”
Former jailed prime minister Nawaz Sharif had appointed the 58-year-old General as the chief of Army Staff in November 2016. He was to retire in November.
Reports had already surfaced which suggested 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 in the backdrop on India abrogating the special status to Jammu & Kashmir under Article 370. Bajwa had last week warned that his troops were prepared to “go to any extent” to help Kashmiris.