General Qamar Javed Bajwa will remain as the Pakistan Army chief until November 28, 2022, according to a notification by the Ministry of Defence.
The notification was issued on January 28 after Parliament passed a law to settle the issue of the extension of army chief's tenure. It said that the new tenure of army chief will be for an additional tenure of three years, effective from November 29, 2019 to November 28, 2022.
Gen. Bajwa, a close confidant of Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan, was to retire on November 29 last year at the end of his three-year original term but Mr. Khan gave the 59-year-old Army chief another extension of same length citing regional security situation through a notification on August 19.
However, the Supreme Court on November 28 suspended the government order, observing that there is no law to give extension to the Army chief's tenure. But the apex court granted a six-month extension to Gen Bajwa after being assured by the government that Parliament will pass legislation on the extension/reappointment of an army chief within six months.
The government after initial hesitation secured the support of the main Opposition parties and introduced three bills in the National Assembly to extend the retirement age from 60 to 64 years for the chiefs of army, navy and air force, and the chairman of the joint chief of staff committee.