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Barrister Farogh Naseem takes oath as Federal Law Minister

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

29th Nov, 2019. 10:07 am
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Barrister Farogh Naseem on Friday took oath as the Federal Minister of Law. The oath ceremony was held in the federal capital Islamabad. President of Pakistan Dr, Arif Alvi took oath from Barrister Farogh Naseem.

According to the details, the Barrister, who stepped down as Federal Minister for Law to represent Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa in the Supreme Court in a tenure extension case, rejoined the federal cabinet.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has approved a conditional extension in Army chief’s tenure for an additional six months who was set to retire on November 29.

A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Mian Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah announced the verdict after being assured by the government that parliament will pass legislation within six months.

The verdict was announced around 3:45 pm, prior to which the court had asked the government to submit the following:

An undertaking that the parliament will pass legislation in this regard within six months and an amended notification.

The amendments to the notification included the elimination of:

The mention of the Supreme Court, the duration of the army chief’s tenure and the description of the army chief’s salary and incentives.

The top court’s ruling comes in the nick of time as Gen Bajwa was set to retire at midnight.

Earlier, the verdict in the Army Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa Extension case was reserved.

Today’s hearing that started at 9:30 am was the last opportunity for the government to satisfy the court on the legal grounds of the move.

As the hearing commenced yesterday in the morning, the bench directed Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan to submit the extension notification issued for former army chief Gen (retd) Ashfaq Pervez Kayani as well as that of Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif’s retirement in the court.

Before adjourning the hearing briefly, the chief justice told Farogh Naseem that the government should submit a written statement to ensure that the parliament will legislate on the matter within six months.

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