Pakistan’s army chief ‘will retire on due date’

  • ‘Want to leave behind a prosperous and strong Pakistan,’ COAS Qamar Bajwa tells a group of journalists
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said he will retire on a due date, rebuffing the rumors about extension in his service.

“I want to leave behind a prosperous and strong Pakistan,” the army chief said on Friday while talking to senior anchors of different television channels. During his interaction, the COAS shared his views on different issues.

Reports in local media suggest Gen Bajwa appreciated ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and urged to make the economy of the country strong. He also lauded Federal Adviser on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Miftah Ismail for “working better”.

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The army chief cleared that he had played important role in ending the sit-in in the federal capital. “Every institution including the army will be made accountable,” he responded to a question.

To another question, the top general also said that the election must be held on time. “We want to see a strong democratic setup in Pakistan,” Bajwa said, adding that the Pakistan Army was with law and constitution of the country.

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Replying a question regarding the army’s budget, General Bajwa said that the police were also availing a budget equal to the army, but the army has to do different works in the same budget. The meeting continued well over four hours during of which a significant portion was given to question & answer session.