Army chief’s tenure extension: Opposition to be accountable if created any hurdle on legislation
ISLAMABAD: Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan on Friday said that the opposition would be answerable to the court if it created any hurdle on the legislation on the extension of army chief’s tenure.
“The government does not want any kind of conflict among the institutions,” Anwar Mansoor Khan said while talking to a private news channel.
He said the present government would implement the court orders in letter and spirit and legislate in the parliament on the chief of army staff’s extension in due course of time.
About the extension of three-year duration, he said the parliament would decide the length of the period.
Talking to media while flanked by Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan, former Minister for Law and Justice Dr Farogh Naseem and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Mirza Shahzad Akbar on Nov 28, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan had said that the Supreme Court verdict on the petition challenging the extension of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was the victory of democracy and it would help strengthening institutions.
She had said that the judgment had provided the opportunity to rectify the lacunas in the existing laws and remove them with necessary legislation.
Firdous Ashiq Awan said the petition challenging the extension of COAS’s tenure must not be linked with any particular personality.
To a question, she said the re-induction of former minister for law and justice Dr Farogh Naseem in the federal cabinet was the prerogative of the prime minister.
On this occasion, Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan had said the decision had asked the government to clearly specify the terms and conditions of service of the army chief through an Act of the Parliament.
He had said Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly believed in rule of law and the Constitution.
The attorney general said it would be an honor for the government to make legislation over this matter to settle the issue once and for all.