Supreme Court of Pakistan has extended the tenure of Army Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa for six months, on Thursday.
According to the details, the top court in its short order announced that Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa will remain the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) for another six months, during which the parliament will legislate on the extension/reappointment of an army chief.
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 3:45pm, 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 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 of Army Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa Extension case was reserved.
Today’s hearing that started at 9:30am was the last opportunity for the government to satisfy the court on the legal grounds of the move.
As the hearing commenced earlier today 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 three months.
“If legislation is not done within three months, the appointment will become illegal,” he warned.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Bar Association restored the license of Farogh Naseem, who had on Tuesday stepped down as law minister in order to represent Gen Bajwa in the court.