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Social media overwhelmed as General Bajwa gets three-year extension

Social media bursts with tremendous reactions from people, after the much-awaited decision on COAS Bajwa’s extension, hit the news channels. The decision comes amid incoming security threats from India, gets mixed reactions from people on social media.

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Twitter exploded with reaction as Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa retained his post as the head of the armed forces for the next three years. Prime Minister Imran Khan retained General Bajwa for this post for the next three years, extending his retirement period, in the face of Kashmir tensions with India and the deteriorating situation on LOC.

Messages of felicitations outpoured on social media, expressing confidence in the decision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, and the leadership of General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The decision has been hailed by several commentators and observers on social media, describing it PM Khan’s wise decision to continue with General Bajwa and not to disrupt with any changes.


Shahid Latif, Retd Air Marshal, who frequently appears on television as a panelist in various news programmes asserted that the decision is of immense significance for the country in the face of a potential war threat with India.

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“Prime Minister Imran Khan extended the service tenure of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for another 3 years. The decision has great significance if seen in the light of regional, recent and future developments. As Army Chief, he has many feathers in his cap. Congratulations,” wrote Shahid Latif.

The senior leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf also expressed confidence in PM Khan’s decision. Including PM Khan’s special advisor Naeem-ul-Haq, Minister for Water Faisal Vawda, Sahibzad Jehangir and others appreciated PM Khan for taking a timely decision for the protection and safety of Pakistan.


Besides Pakistanis, the news was equally interesting for fellow Indians, who are keeping a close eye, on the civil-military relationship in Pakistan, including a critical tweet from India’s NSA Ajit Doval.


Scores of people in Pakistan commented that the country needs a dynamic, and calm leader to lead the armed forces amid strenuous security and political challenges, especially at a time when the sovereignty of the state is at stake.


However, dissension came from a few political commentators who believe extending COAS’s tenure is tantamount to feeding discouragement in the armed forces. They slammed PM Khan for taking a decision against the laws and reverting on his words for not granting an extension to any COAS.