COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been given an extension in term for three years. PM Imran Khan approved an extension in the term of the Army Chief. The decision has been taken in view of the the situation along the eastern border particularly Afghanistan and Kashmir, while nuclear threats from India are another reason for the decision.
Another Pakistani soldier martyred as India continues unprovoked shelling across the Line of Control (LoC), increasing the toll to four in last 24 hours. “Another brave son of soil laid his life in the line of duty,” said Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor in a tweet Friday morning. Sepoy Muhammad Sheeraz embraced shahadat in Buttal Sector.
President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi conferred military honour upon two brave sons of the soil, Wing Commander Noman Ali and Squadron Leader Hasan Mehmood, for downing an Indian jet on February 27 in the aftermath of which an Indian pilot was arrested. Wing Commander Noman Ali was conferred Sitara-i-Jurat and Sq Leader Hasan Mehmood Siddiqui was awarded Tamgha-i-Jurat.
The United States has further cut Pakistan’s aid by $440 million, bringing down its commitments under Kerry Lugar Berman Act to just $4.1 billion, which is slightly over half of the total amount that Washington had promised to give nine years ago. The decision to cut Pakistan’s economic assistance, was revealed about three weeks before visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to US.