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Pakistan Army Chief Reiterates He Will Retire Ending Speculation

  • Ex-Premier Imran Khan wants Bajwa to stay until next elections
  • Army is known to influence over foreign, domestic policies
Qamar Javed Bajwa

Qamar Javed Bajwa

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Pakistan’s military chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa reiterated that he will retire next month, ending speculation that the nation’s most powerful person will seek a third term. 

Bajwa, who got an extension for a second term of three years in 2019, made the commitment while speaking at a lunch by Pakistan’s embassy in Washington, Dawn reported. The military leader said the armed forces have distanced themselves from politics and will continue to do so.