The country’s military has made it clear that rumors of an extension of Pakistan’s army chief’s term are not true.

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) was quoted by the country’s media as saying.

ISPR Director General Major General Babar Iftikhar has said that Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa will not serve for an additional term. He will retire in due course. His retirement date is November 29.

The Director General of ISPR called on the political parties and the people of Pakistan not to drag the Pakistan Army into politics. He said any attempt to create divisions between the people and the armed forces was against the national interest.

In Pakistan, there have been rumors circulating on social media against the military over the overthrow of the Imran Khan government. However, the army said on Thursday that it had no involvement in politics. Their position will remain apolitical. An army spokesman said they welcomed the constructive criticism. However, malicious propaganda is being carried out against the army.

Major General Iftikhar said Pakistan’s survival depended on democracy and various institutions such as parliament, the Supreme Court and the armed forces.

Meanwhile, in the absence of the army chief at the swearing-in ceremony of Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Iftikhar said General Bajwa was ill on the day Sharif took office.

Earlier, Geo News reported that a meeting of the military was held on Tuesday to discuss the issue of statehood after the departure of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in a no-confidence vote. Chief of Army Staff General Kamar Javed Bajwa presided over the function.

According to a Dawn report, the country’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been cracking down on social media activists accused of spreading propaganda against state institutions, especially the military, since Imran Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote. As part of this, eight people have been arrested from Punjab province.

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