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Pakistan gives Army Chief Bajwa a three-year extension

New Delhi | Pakistan has announced that they will extend their Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s term for three more years, citing “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 was appointed during the regime of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and was due to retire in November this year.

He will now remain as Army chief till November 2022.

However, multiple reports emphasize the importance and the impact the Pakistani Army has on the government.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry told The Hindu that the extension shows the seriousness of the situation on the borders.

General Bajwa has played a very important role, and has worked closely with Prime Minister Imran Khan since the latter’s appointment.

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 Centre decided to revoke Article 370.

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