Pak Army Chief Wins Support of Other Services Amidst Extension Controversy
While participation in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) exercise and flying in the F 16 may have been a routine event for Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa the move may be seen by some as obtaining the tacit approval of other services for his extension that has led to a controversy in the country and has been a talk of the town so to say for the past week plus.
The DGISPR in a press release stated that General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited PAF Base Mushaf, Sargodha.
COAS was received by Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan who has also commanded Mushaf Base, a tradition shared by many illustrious names of PAF.
The base and its squadrons hold claim to some of the most valiant actions in the history of air warfare and is a proud repository of capability, skills and traditions. COAS was taken to one of the squadrons where COAS was flown in an F-16. The Chief of Air Staff flew in another F-16 and both aircraft proceeded to maneuver for a combat action simulation mission.
After the mission, COAS interacted with the fighter pilots of the squadron. He lauded the professionalism and dedication of the PAF and thanked the Force for its unmatched services to the nation. He thanked the Chief of Air Staff for his visionary leadership, acknowledging that inter service harmony and synergy are vital for operational success.
This comes even as Supreme Court of Pakistan has given the government six months to resolve the three key issues regulations, rules, procedures and operational necessity for the exceptional step in giving the Army Chief Bajwa a three-year leeway in term of office.
Underlying the last-minute crisis are the many fault lines that have been exposed in the Pakistan systemic which show that not all – both within the Pakistan Army and the Government were happy with the extension and may have been largely driven by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s personal desire for the same.