The term of Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been extended for a period of three years.
Local media reported that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had approved the extension of Bajwa’s term.
“General Qamar Javed Bajwa is appointed Chief of Army Staff for another term of three years from the date of completion of current tenure,” read a brief statement from Imran Khan’s office.
The announcement stated that the move had been taken taking into view the security environment in the subcontinent.
Government has granted an extension of three years in the tenure of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. pic.twitter.com/oSCImgBFKl
Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) August 19, 2019
The extension of Qamar Bajwa’s tenure comes amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan over the political situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
On Wednesday, Bajwa said the reality of Kashmir was neither changed by an “illegal piece of paper” in 1947 [Jammu and Kashmir’s accession to India] nor by any action “now or in future.” [abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of state]
Earlier, he commented that “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…,”.
Qamar Bajwa was appointed the chief of the Pakistani Army in November 2016 by then prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The 58-year-old general was expected to retire this year.
He belongs to the Pakistan Military Academy’s 62nd Long Course. He was earlier the commander of the Rawalpindi Corps and went on to become the Inspector General of Training and Evaluation at the Pakistani Army headquarters.