Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said the Army has distanced itself from politics and its role has been restricted to the constitutional mandate.
“Pakistan Army has always remained a dominant player in national decision-making. Due to its historic role in the country’s politics, the military drew severe criticism from the public and politicians alike,” COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa said in his interview with the Gulf News.
We have restricted the army’s role to its constitutionally mandated task only by deciding to make it apolitical.
Army Chief also said, This decision, though being viewed negatively by a segment of society and led to personal criticism, will help enhance the army’s prestige in the long term, the outgoing.
COAS Bajwa said Pakistan Army has enjoyed the unmatched respect and trust of the Pakistani Nation throughout our history. Army’s positive and constructive role in Pakistan’s National Security and development has always received unwavering public support.
“Despite some criticism and undue vilification of the armed forces through mass propaganda and meticulously crafted false narratives, the institutional resolve to remain apolitical will remain steadfast.”
On ties with the Middle East countries, COAS Bajwa said Pakistan enjoys a special bond and fraternal ties with GCC and other Middle Eastern countries.
Pakistan, on its part, has always supported the strategic interests of our Middle Eastern friends and would continue to do so in the future, General Bajwa said.
Remember that COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s six years tenure came to end as he is going to retire by 29th November 2022. The command changing ceremonial was held at GHQ Rawalpindi where COAS Gen Bajwa officially hand over the Command of the Pakistan Army to newly appointed COAS General Munir.