Gen Bajwa rebukes extension rumours, says ‘will retire on time’
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed his retirement plans while speaking at Pakistan’s embassy in Washington and assured the nation that the Armed forces have stayed out of politics and will remain out of it.
According to people who were there at the lunch event at Pakistan’s Embassy in Washington, General Bajwa said he will retire on time after completing his three-year 2nd term as Chief of Army Staff. He made clear that the Armed forces have stayed out of politics and will remain out of it in the future as well.
“There could be no diplomacy without a strong economy” he made these remarks while emphasizing the importance of a strong economy. General Bajwa further said that “the nation cannot achieve its targets without a strong economy.”
COAS asked every stakeholder to prioritize restoring the country’s ailing economy. “Restoring the ailing economy of the country should be the priority of every stakeholder of the society,” he said.
Gen Bajwa headed to Pentagon right after the event to meet US Defense secretary Lloyd Austin. According to the ISPR, Gen Bajwa called on retired General Lloyd James Austin III, Secretary of Defence; Jacob Jeremiah Sullivan, National Security Adviser; and Wendy Ruth Sherman, Deputy Secretary of State.
In a meeting with the US Defense secretary, regional security, matters of mutual interest and bilateral cooperation were discussed.
Appreciating the US support in flood relief activities COAS emphasized global assistance to the flood-hit country. He said, “Our global partners shall be vital for rescue/rehabilitation of the flood victims in Pakistan”.