In yet another terror-supporting move, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, extended the term of Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa by three years after the end of his current tenure to tackle 'regional security' issues in the current environment as stated in an official statement by the Pakistan PMO.
Here is the official statement:
Bajwa, who is known to be Imran Khan's mentor assumed charge as the 16th Chief of Army Staff for the Pakistan Army in November 2016.
Since then an increased number of ceasefire violations and outright attacks into Kashmir has been witnessed. In 2017, Pakistan-based terror outfits indulged in 163 incidents of terror in the Valley killing 54 civilians and martyring 83 security forces. In fact, since Bajwa took over the number of infiltration attempts went from 165 in 2016 to 220 in 2017 and 271 in 2018.
Moreover, recently after being faced with blacklisting by the FATF, Bajwa has reportedly directly interfered into Pakistan government's decisions pushing for a cabinet reshuffle. This ultimately led to Bajwa's appointment as a member of the newly-formed National Development Council headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The extension of Bajwa comes amidst the tensions in Pakistan occupied Kashmir region after the abrogation of article 370, where Bajwa had threatened that his troops were prepared to go to any extent to help Kashmiris. While Khan himself has admitted his fear of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Centre, expressing his 'concern' over minorities in India claiming 'ethnic cleaning ideology' of the BJP. This admission comes a day after Khan had to accept the UNSC's decision to solve the Kashmir issue bilaterally with India.
Earlier on Friday, Pakistan failed to rile up the international community at the close consultations at United Nations Security Council (UNSC) through China by fearmongering over the abrogation of Article 370. India's UN representative Syed Akbaruddin shared that the UNSC appreciated India's effort to resolve the Kashmir issue.