Govt decides to consult cabinet on SC’s detailed verdict over COAS extension
The government has decided to consult the cabinet on the Supreme Court’s detailed verdict over the Army Chief extension.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi conducted an emergency meeting of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokespersons. The legal team briefed about the SC’s detailed verdict to the spokespersons.
According to sources, to review the verdict, the government has already made a decision, but the final decision to review will be taken after Imran Khan’s return.
Meanwhile, the matter of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and members were agreed to be resolved in the Parliament itself.
The detailed verdict written by Justice Mansoor Ali Shah stated a three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Asif Saeed Khosa explored the scope of Article 243 of the constitution, reviewed the Pakistan Army Act, 1952, the Pakistan Army Act Rules, 1954.
The top court found that, under clause (3) of Article 243 of the Constitution, Pakistan Army Act, 1952 falls short of the structural requirements for raising and maintaining an army. In addition, the granting of army committees and the terms of service of the commissioned officers, including the tenure and extension of the General.
It also found that General’s rank terms of service control the COAS post’s tenure and other terms of service (except salary and allowances). Pursuant to clause (4) of Article 243 of the Constitution, the COAS salary and allowances shall be determined by the President.
On November 28, the Supreme Court granted a six-month conditional extension to incumbent General Qamar Javed Bajwa as Chief of Staff of the Army (COAS) and directed the government to complete the required legislation within six months for the extension/appointment of a chief of the army.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa will retire automatically if the required legislation was not done within the given time.