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Army chief’s extension: Govt files review petition against SC verdict

Army chief’s extension: Govt files review petition against SC verdict
December 26, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The government on Thursday filed a review petition against the verdict of the Supreme Court regarding the extension in the service tenure of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. In the petition, it has been contended to form a larger bench to hear the case and hold the in-camera proceedings. “While pronouncing the verdict, the verdict regarding extension in the service tenure of judges has not been kept in the mind,” it stated. The petition stated that the SC had been extending the service tenure of additional and adhoc judges. Law Minister Farogh Naseem said that the SC had not reviewed several constitutional points and the matters need to be reviewed. On December 17, the Supreme Court had ruled that Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa would stand retired after six months unless parliament allowed him extension of tenure by amending the relevant army laws. The 42-page verdict authored by Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, said it was inconceivable that the constitutional appointment to the COAS post was unregulated under a written Constitution. It said: “The crucial matter of the tenure of COAS and its extension, which has somewhat a chequered history, is before the parliament, to fix for all times to come and it is now for the people of Pakistan and their chosen representatives in the parliament to come up with a law that will provide certainty and predictability to the post of COAS, remembering that in strengthening institutions, nation prospers.”