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Pakistan: Qamar Javed Bajwa's term as Army Chief extended for another 3 years

File photo of Pakistan's Army Chief Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 19, 2019, 05.56 PM (IST)

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa's tenure has been extended for another three years, Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a statement.

Bajwa's tenure was to end on November 28. According to reports, the extension was decided after taking into "view the regional security environment".

Bajwa has held the post since November 29, 2016, and was appointed by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The extension of Bajwa's tenure comes amid the escalating tension between India and Pakistan over the Indian government's decision to scrap special status for the erstwhile states of Jammu and Kashmir by abrogating Article 370 which was passed by the Indian Parliament.

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The chief of Army staff post is a military appointment and is held by a four-star rank general in the Pakistan Army. He is appointed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan and final confirmation is done by the President of Pakistan.

Prior to his appointment as Chief of Army Staff, Bajwa has served as the Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation at the Army General headquarter. He has also served as field commander of X Corps from August 2013 to September 2015.

In 2007 Bajwa also served as a Brigadier in the United Nations mission in Congo and as a brigade commander.

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According to reports, the extension was decided after taking into 'view the regional security environment'.