Pakistan Army Chief Bajwa to retire next month

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of Pakistan, said on Friday that he will retire in five weeks without seeking an extension, according to unnamed sources cited by Geo News.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of Pakistan, said on Friday that he will retire in five weeks without seeking an extension, according to unnamed sources cited by Geo News.

The report further reported Bajwa as adding that the army will not be involved in politics.

Bajwa already announced earlier this month that he does not want a second extension and that he will resign on November 29, 2022, when his tenure, which already has a three-year extension ends.

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Since November 29, 2016, General Bajwa has been serving as the ninth Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistani Army.

In the 16th Battalion of the Baloch Regiment, Bajwa received his commission in the Pakistani military in 1980. From September 2015 to November 2016, he was the Inspector General of Training and Evaluation at the General Headquarters. From August 2013 to September 2015, he was the field commander of the X Corps, which is in charge of the Kashmir region along the Line of Control.