Extension in COAS’s tenure right decision in prevailing circumstances: Sarwar


LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has said that three-year extension in tenure of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa is absolutely right decision in the prevailing circumstances as due to the Kashmir issue and regional situation Pakistan is in the state of war and the decision will benefit country and people.

He said, “India is trying to destroy the region’s peace after getting defeated on every front just to divert attention from Kashmir and there is no doubt that India is still against the Afghan peace process and accepting Kartarpur corridor Projects just because of pressure. Pakistan has decided that Kartarpur corridor Project will be completed at the time under any circumstances.”

The Governor Punjab expressed these views after inaugurating new academic block and planting a tree in regards to plantation drive at University of Education Lahore Township on Monday and briefing media afterward. Provincial Minister Higher Education Raja Yasir Humayun and others were also present at the occasion.

Responding to media question, Ch Sarwar said that today due to Kashmir issue, the Afghan peace process and India’s war hysteria the situation in the region is in front of the nation and in this regard, we are faced with many challenges and that is why an extension in the service tenure of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is the need of hour and also the nation and we support the decision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

He said that despite rigidness from India the Kartarpur corridor project and arrangements for Celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak’s 550th Birthday are underway and Inshallah we will not only complete the Kartarpur corridor project on time but will also provide all facilities including foolproof security to all Sikh pilgrims who are coming for 550th Birthday celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak.

The Governor Punjab said that PTI’s federal and provincial government is taking all decisions on merit and transparency. All decisions by federal and provincial governments are based on merit and transparency and appointments of Vice-Chancellors in Universities across Punjab are also being done on merit, he said adding that we have also decided to ensure the provision of clean drinking water to all the students and staff studying in universities across Punjab and for that in each university water filtration plants will be installed and government will provide every possible support to universities in this regard.