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SC suspends notification of Army Chief’s tenure extension


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

26th Nov, 2019. 11:39 am
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Supreme Court Islamabad

Supreme Court of Pakistan suspended on Tuesday, the notification extending Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure for another three years.

The chief justice while suspending the notification 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.

Justice Khosa said that out of 25 cabinet members, only 11 had approved the extension.

“Fourteen members of the cabinet did not give any opinion due to non-availability,” Justice Khosa said.

“Those who did not say ‘yes’ had not taken part in voting,” the AG informed the court.

To this the 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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