Govt wants top court’s verdict on army chief extension reviewed
The government has decided to file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s verdict in the army chief extension case.
Law Minister Farogh Nasim and the attorney general have drawn up the first draft of the review petition. Nasim informed the media that many legal aspects weren’t examined by the top court and they were currently tackling those.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had appointed the current COAS for another term of three years on August 18, 2019. The president then granted him extension.
The extension was tackled on the basis that it is offensive to Article 243 (4)(b) of the Constitution. The case was initially filed by the Jurists’ Foundation but after it asked to withdraw the case, the court decided to take it up. During the hearing, the court explored the scope of Article 243 of the Constitution, and the Pakistan Army Act, 1952.
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The court on November 28 granted extension of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure by six months and ordered the government to make a law regulating appointments like these. The detailed verdict was released on the 16 of December.