Government has granted an extension of three years in service to incumbent Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. A notification issue by the Prime Minister Office said that the step has been taken in view of regional security environment. His extension will start from the day of his retirement.
It added that “The decision has been taken in view of the regional security environment.” The notification was personally signed by Prime Minister Imran. Gen Bajwa was appointed as the chief of army staff by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in November 2016.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has saidthat the Prime Minister Imran Khan using his constitutional mandate, has approved an extension in tenure of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. In a statement, he said extension has been approved in wake of situation in Occupied Kashmir and Afghanistan. To Kashmir issue, he said the actual facts will emerge when curfew will be lifted in Occupied Kashmir.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa was appointed Pakistan’s Army chief in November 2016 by then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif. He took over command from former Army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif.
Gen Bajwa’s Profile:
Born in Gakhar Mandi, Gujranwala, Gen Bajwa was commissioned on October 24, 1980, in the 16 Baloch Regiment, the battle-hardened force that in the past has given three army chiefs, including Gen Yahya Khan, Gen Aslam Beg and Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), he is a graduate of Canadian Forces Command and Staff College-Toronto, Naval Post Graduate University-Monterey, California and National Defence University (NDU)-Islamabad. He has been an instructor at the School of Infantry and Tactics, Quetta, Command and Staff College, Quetta and the NDU.
He had also commanded Pakistan Contingent in Congo, where he worked alongside the former Indian army chief General Bikram Singh, who according to The Hindustan Times, described Gen Bajwa as an ‘outstanding and professional soldier’.
Before being made the army chief, Gen Bajwa was serving as the Inspector General Training and Evaluation at the General Headquarters (QHQ), the same post his predecessor General (retd) Raheel was holding before his appointment as army chief in November 2013. Having served as corps commander of Rawalpindi, Gen Bajwa has vast experience of dealing with issues related to Kashmir and the Line of Control.
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