ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved an extension in the tenure of Army Chief (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa for another three years, a notification issued by the premier’s office said.
The brief notification issued on Monday from the PM Office reads, “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 the regional security environment,” it added. The notification was personally signed by Prime Minister Imran.
Gen Bajwa was appointed as the Chief of Army Staff by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in November 2016. He took over command from former Army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa was commissioned in the 16 Baloch Regiment on 24 October 1980. He is a graduate of Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, (Toronto) Canada, Naval Post Graduate University, Monteray( California) USA, National Defence Univesity, Islamabad.
Gen Bajwa served as an instructor at School of Infantry and Tactics, Quetta, Command and Staff College, Quetta and NDU. He also had been Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade and Chief of Staff of Rawalpindi Corps.
He held the position of Inspector General Training and Evaluation at GHQ prior to his appointment as COAS. He has commanded 16 Baloch Regiment, an Infantry Brigade and has commanded Infantry Division in Northern Areas (Commander FCNA). General Bajwa has also commanded Pakistan Contingent in Congo.