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President promulgates Army Act Amendment Bill 2020

President promulgates Army Act Amendment Bill 2020
January 9, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – After approval from Senate, President Arif Alvi has approved three bills Pakistan Army Act Amendment bill, Pakistan Air Force Act Amendment bill and Pakistan Navy Act Amendment bill on Thursday. Currently, all three amendments have officially become law after the president’s signature. All phases of the Armed Forces legislation have been completed now. Meanwhile, the federal government will soon submit a report on the legislation to the Supreme Court. It is pertinent to mention here that after approval from National Assembly and Senate, the amendment bills pertaining to the extension in the tenure of services chiefs on Thursday was forwarded to President Arif Alvi for final approval. On Jan 8, the Senate approved Services Acts Amendment Bills 2020 with a majority. Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani presided over the session. Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak presented the report. The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), the Jamaat-e-Islami and the National Party staged a protest against the bills. On Tuesday, the NA approved Services Acts Amendment Bills with a majority on Tuesday. After the approval of the bills, the session was adjourned till 4pm on Wednesday. Prime Minister Imran Khan was also present in the session. The MNAs belonging to the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) staged a walkout. The PPP withdrew its suggestions in the Services Acts Amendment bills. Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak presented the bills. Now the three bills will be presented in the Senate for approval. Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan presided over a meeting of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and allies to devise a strategy for legislation pertaining to armed forces. On Monday, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence had approved the Services Acts Amendment bills pertaining to the three armed forces. Talking to the media after the meeting, NA Standing Committee on Defence Chairman Amjad Khan Niazi said that they are thankful to all parties for approving the amendment laws. “We listened to the amendments presented by the opposition. The draft is not part of the law. In the current situation, we gave the message that we are one where there is the national interest,” he said. He said that their ideas could be different, but politics could not be played on each thing.
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