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Federal Govt files review petition over COAS extension verdict

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

26th Dec, 2019. 06:36 pm
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The Federal government led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf filed a review petition against the Supreme Court judgment on the extension of service of Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

In the review petition, the federal government has urged the court to form a larger bench to hear government’s review plea.

The government also requested the court to conduct an in-camera hearing in the case.

The petition further stated that the verdict issued by a three-member bench of the Supreme Court did not consider “important constitutional and legal” points and also the Supreme court had itself given “extensions to additional and ad-hoc judges,” which were not used as precedent to secure General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s extension.

Earlier on December 15, Supreme Court of Pakistan has issued detailed judgment in Army chief ‘s tenure extension case written by Justice Mansoor Shah.

Supreme Court bench that heard the army chief’s tenure extension case ordered in its detailed verdict based on 43 pages that General Qamar Javed Bajwa will retire if the Parliament failed to legislate over the matter.

The superior court verdict stated that the matter is being referred to the Parliament so that mistakes on sensitive matters could not happen in future.

Supreme Court also said there was no legal ground to extend the army chief’s tenure by three years.

The judgment stated that the court is extending the army chief’s tenure by six months. The Supreme Court further stated that law to extend the Chief of Army Staff’s tenure does not exist.

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