Extensions are not good for the army but extension is not the only problem. The political leadership in Pak wants a docile, lame, weak minded person as army chief so that army chief wont cause issues to the Govt. The Govt does not care how much damaging this is to Pak in general and army as an institution in particular.Do you think this could change in 16-17 months when the top brass is up for a shakeup following the current COAS's departure? We had faced similar problems when another chief was given an extension. Why exactly are chiefs extended? Does it have anything to do with political leaders saving their own chair by giving extension to a chief who they know they could work with without him causing problems for them on the political front? If so, what is the solution? If extensions to army chiefs create problems and the insecurity of political leaders at the helm is the cause for those extensions, what might be the possible solutions? We have all seen that the enemy has gotten emboldened manifold during these past 5 years or so. We did not even capitalize on the situation when it was engaged with its back against the wall at the LAC. In return, it intensified its terror campaign inside Pakistan. It is neutrality in 1962 leading to the Rann of Kutch adventure (real precursor to operation Gibraltar & hence 1965 war) from the Indian side in 1965 all over again. History is a guide that whenever Indians have been given latitude by us not capitalizing on their weakness, they have made Pakistan deeply regret that in due time. On the other hand, Indians used our weakness during the 1971 civil war to their full advantage and cut Pakistan to size. Extensions have backfired on both occasions post-2007.
It is all quite confusing. All sides playing each other. Pakistani citizens who are considering TTA victories their own are celebrating prematurely. We need to pause and see how TTA conducts itself in due time before taking any absolute positions.
After Raheel Sharif, NS wanted a submissive person as army chief and he made Bajwa as chief who turned out to be a curse. IK then gave 3 years of full extension for the sake of his own Govt since next army chief could be no nonsense guy.
This also raises a question how could the people like Bajwa became Lt General that they could be considered for the post of army chief. Does it not point to the flaws in internal promotion system of army.
Justice Khosa could have his own prejudice but he was right in opposing the full 3 years extension of Bajwa.