General Qamar Javed Bajwa, chief of the Pakistani army, remains until November 2022: government

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Islamabad: General Qamar Javed Bajwa will remain head of the Pakistani army until November 28, 2022, according to a statement from the Department of Defense. The announcement was released on January 28 after the country's parliament passed a law to resolve the issue of extending the army chief's term of office. It is said that the army chief's new term will run for an additional three-year term from November 29, 2019 to November 28, 2022.

Bajwa was due to retire on November 29 last year after the end of his three-year term, but Prime Minister Imran Khan gave the 59-year-old army chief another extension of the same length, citing the regional security situation, by announcement on August 19. However, the Supreme Court overruled the government ordinance on November 28 and found that there is no law to extend the army chief's term.

However, the Apex court granted Gen Bajwa an extension of six months after the government assured that parliament would pass laws to renew / reappoint an army chief within six months. The government and opposition later merged to amend the 1952 Army Act to appoint and re-appoint an army chief and expand his services.