Federal cabinet approves extension of COAS Bajwa

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26th Nov, 2019. 07:50 pm

Federal cabinet of Pakistan approves extension in the tenure of General Qamar Javed Bajwa here on Tuesday, November 26.

According to the details, prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan headed a single agenda based cabinet meeting in Islamabad, in which members approved new summary for extension of the COAS.

During the meeting, members of federal cabinet made necessary amendment in extension act, summary will be sent to the president of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi for approval.

Federal Minister Shafqat Mehmood addressed a presser along with fellow ministers Sheikh Rashid and Shehzad Akber, in which he briefed media about the details of cabinet meeting.

He said that decision of extension is taken in current situation of Indian occupied Kashmir and Line of Control and the chief executive has a right to do it.

Earlier today, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa suspended the notification of extension issued by Prime Minister of Pakistan. While suspending the notification, he said that the prime minister did not hold the authority to extend the tenure of the army chief, as that power rested only with the president.

In response to this, the attorney general Anwar Mansoor Khan told the court that the notification of the extension had been issued after approval by President Arif Alvi, adding to this he said that, the summary was also been approved by the cabinet.

Top judge asked “Does the cabinet not want to give members the time to think? The 14 members of the cabinet still have not said ‘yes’ to army chief’s extension.”

On August 19, Prime Minister Imran Khan had approved the extension of General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the Chief of Army Staff.

Back in August Prime Minister’s office issued a notification citing that, General Qamar Javed Bajwa is appointed Chief of Army Staff for another term of three years from the date of completion of current tenure.

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