KARACHI, 24,2022- Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa will hand over his post to his successor on November 29. He is one of the longest serving generals.
62-year-old General Bajwa’s military service spans 44 years. He joined the army in 1978 and received his commission on October 24, 1980. He will be the Army Chief for 2190 days (6 years).
General Qamar Javed Bajwa assumed command on November 29, 2016 in place of General Raheel Sharif. During his military tenure, he worked with 5 Prime Ministers (Nawaz Sharif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Caretaker Justice (R) Nasirul Malik, Imran Khan and Shehbaz Sharif. Current President Arif Alvi and late Mamnoon Hussain were the Presidents.
On November 28, 2019, the Supreme Court suspended the order to extend his tenure and said that there is no such law. However, the court on the government’s assurance that the parliament will enact a constitution to extend the tenure.
General Bajwa was given an extension of 6 months. Later, after the parliamentary approval of the law, on 28 January 2020, the tenure was extended for another three years.
General (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s military career was also long i.e. years 8 one months and 9 days. Musharraf also remained chief executive and president and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.
General Zia-ul-Haq was made the Army Chief on March 1, 1976 at the age of 51. He was the Army Chief for 12 years 5 months 16 days. He imposed Martial law and became president of Pakistan.
General Ayub Khan was made the army chief at the age of 43 years, he was the youngest army chief.
He was also promoted prematurely due to the accidental death of Major General Iftikhar Khan. who was named the first local Commander-in-Chief. Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Zia-ul-Haq and Pervez Musharraf were the presidents