General Qamar to stay in position till Nov 2022

Cheryl Sanders
August 20, 2019

General Bajwa's three-year-long tenure was to expire in November. "The decision has been taken in view of the regional security environment", the notification issued by Imran Khan's office reads.

Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood on Monday said that extension in the service of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa for three years was need of the hour, ARY News reported. He appealed to the public to make a video of those who throw garbage out and post it on social media.

Bawja's extension marks the second time in almost a decade that the country's top general had their traditional three-year term extended.

The Pakistani military is also believed to be playing a vital role in ongoing peace talks between the U.S. and Taliban that aim to secure a withdrawal of American troops in exchange for insurgent promises that Afghanistan will not be used as a safe haven for groups such as Al Qaeda or Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Since Saturday there has been a series of protests against the decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nationalist government to revoke the autonomy of India's only Muslim-majority region. "Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa staying at the helm means that there would be continuation of the current policies", Gen Amjad added. He had assumed the command on November 29 after the retirement of Gen Raheel Sharif. He was a dark horse in the running for the coveted post of the army chief. The practice of the senior most being made the chief is not followed.

Unlike other potential candidates, very few had discussed and debated the candidature of Qamar when Nawaz Sharif was consulting his aides to name the next army chief.

Kayani was appointed as army chief by military ruler General Musharraf in 2007 but later prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani extended his term till 2013 in view of the war on terror and the precarious law and order situation the country was facing then.

Last time, Gen Bajwa's appointment as chief commander had been notified on Nov 26, 2016, just three days before the start of his tenure.

The two nuclear-armed countries have exchanged fire along the disputed line of control (LoC) that separates Pakistani and Indian controlled Kashmir following India's decision to revoke special status for its portion of Kashmir.

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