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Unrest in Pakistan Army, 7 Lieutenant Generals against General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s extension

Prime News, International (Islamabad), December 4:- Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure was to end on November 29, 2019, but the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan granted him an extension. General Bajwa’s extension as Pakistan Army Chief seems to have triggered a wave of rebellion across the Pakistani Army. A total of seven Army Lieutenant Generals are strictly against General Bajwa leading the Army even for a day after the end of his tenure which has been conditionally extended for six months by Pakistan’s Supreme Court after Imran Khan’s order was challenged.

The list of the top Army officers includes Multan Corps Commander Lieutenant General Sarfaraz Sattar, who tops the list to take over as the next Chief of Army Staff. Apart from him, Lieutenant General Nadeem Raja, Lieutenant General Humayun Aziz, Lieutenant General Naeem Asraf, Lieutenant General Sher Afghan and Lieutenant General Qazi Ikram have also opposed Bajwa’s extension of service. Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Bilal Akbar, ranked seventh in the order of preference, is also against the extension.

There is a long history of rebellion and military coup in Pakistan but now the rebellion seems to be taking place in the Pakistani Army and the current Chief is the target.

Bajwa, who is turning 60 in 2020, was due to retire from the post on November 29. His tenure had been extended by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan by three years back in August. But after his extension was challenged, the Pakistan Supreme Court ordered the government to complete the necessary legislation regarding the extension rules in the country’s constitution within six months. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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