KARACHI: The Pakistan Bar Council (KBC) has boycotted the court proceedings on Thursday (today) against the government’s hastily making amendments in laws to facilitate the army chief’s extension.
“As per decision of Pakistan Bar Council the legal fraternity shall observe a full day boycott of courts proceeding on Nov 28, 2019, in condemnation of the government’s act of making hasty amendments in relevant laws in an attempt to rectify mistake in procedure for grant of extension of tenure of the chief of army staff and approach of the government to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for the stay of the proceeding in high treason case against General (retd) Pervez Musharraf,” read the letter written and signed by General Secretary Karachi Bar Council Amir Saleem to the district and sessions judge.
Amir Saleem requested the judge to keep suspended all the judicial works and do not pass any adverse order against the parties. He requested to issue necessary directions to the sub-ordinate courts as well for the same.
On Nov 26, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood had said that the federal cabinet had amended the Army Regulations to incorporate a provision regarding extension in tenure of the army chief.
This was done after the Supreme Court had raised the point that the Army Regulations had no mention of extension in the army chief’s service.
Shafqat Mehmood had said the Rule 255 from army laws was amended to include extension in service.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Mazhar Alam and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, is hearing the plea challenging the extension of Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa.
On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court has reserved the verdict regarding General Bajwa’s extension.