Army Act Amendment Bill to be presented before National Assembly today
ISLAMABAD: The government members will present Army Act Amendment Bill in the National Assembly (NA) for approval today (Friday).
According to reports, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) expressed their support for the amendment bill and promised that they would help the government approve it in the assembly.
Government delegation headed by Defense Minister Pervez Khattak met with PML-N leaders on Thursday and sought support on the amendment bill for the Army Act.
The committee made up of Pervez Khattak, Federal Parliamentary Affairs Minister Senator Azam Swati and House Leader in Senate Syed Shibli Faraz arrived at the opposition chamber and discussed the matter with PML-N’s Khawaja Asif, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Rana Tanvir and others.
Federal Cabinet had previously approved an amendment to the Army Act to stretch all military chiefs ‘ tenure.
The cabinet meeting recommended that the terms of all military chiefs – Army, Navy and Air Force – be prolonged for three years.
Three armed forces will retire at the age of 64. The proposed bill stated that any service chief may be advised by the Prime Minister of Pakistan to extend the tenure.
It is appropriate to mention here that the top court approved the extension / reappointment of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for another six months and asked the government to decide the tenure, terms and conditions of the military chief’s service by means of legislation within the time limit.
The court summarized its observations after examining the scope of Article 243 of the Constitution, which regulates the appointment of the army chief, reviewing the 1952 Pakistan Army Act, reviewing the 1952 Pakistan Army Act, 1952, the 1954 Pakistan Army Act Rules, and the Rules of the Army.