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PM Imran gives COAS 3-year extension


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday approved a 3-year extension in the tenure of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

As per a statement issued by the PM Office, the decision has been “taken in view of the regional security environment”.

General Bajwa was appointed as COAS on November 26, 2016, by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. He took over command of Pakistan’s military from General (retd) Raheel Sharif, despite being fourth in order of seniority.

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.