Published: Tue, August 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa Gets 3-Year Extension

Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa Gets 3-Year Extension

"The decision has been taken in view of the regional security environment".

Soon after India scrapped Jammu and Kashmir's special status, Pakistan went on an overdrive to spread false propaganda using all available avenues including social media where it created several fake Twitter handles.

Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Monday the extension in tenure of the incumbent Pakistan army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa for another three years, ending speculation about the appointment of a new man to the country's most powerful office. "The decision has been taken in view of the regional security environment", a notification from the PM's House said.

The current government has become the second civilian government to forgo its right to choose a chief of army staff.

General Bajwa, 58, who was appointed as the Chief of Army Staff by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in November 2016, was to retire in November.

The service extension of the serving COAS comes as tensions have skyrocketed with New Delhi.

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On the other hand, India has made it clear that any talks on the Union Territory will revolve only around the areas illegally occupied by Pakistan, known as Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. The two nuclear archrivals are engaged in renewed tensions over the disputed Himalayan Kashmir region.

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 Daesh - the so-called IS.

Relations with India have been continuously tense since the terrorist bombing in Pulwama in February and the Indian retaliation in Balakot.

The decision to extend General Bajwa's tenure comes just a day after Imran Khan weird appeal to the worldwide community to secure India's nuclear weapons. He said a huge change in Afghan was also expected so the continuity was needed at the military's top level.

US President Donald Trump urged the nuclear-armed rivals over the weekend to come back to the negotiating table, conveying to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan the importance of "reducing tensions". Bajwa's tenure was due to end in November but analysts have long predicted the extension.

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