On Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting of the parliamentary party regarding the Army Act Amendment Bill 2020 and said the premier has the the discretion to extend the Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure.
PM Khan remarked that the Supreme Court gave its judgement on the case concerning the terms of the army chief and the government altogether accepted the decision.
The Prime Minister also said that the bureaucracy and the business community had concerns about the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which had halted development of the country.
The NAB Ordinance 2019 was introduced in the national interest and the government committee is holding consultations on the matter with the opposition, said PM.
The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari, Special Assistant to PM on Political Affairs Naeemul Haque, PTI Secretary General Amir Mahmood Kiyani, Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul and other leaders.
Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan briefed the attendees on the Army Act Amendment Bill 2020 and NAB Ordinance 2019. Minister of Defense Pervez Khattak and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan apprised the leaders of meetings with the opposition parties
After the meeting, Pervez Khattak presented the Army Act Amendment Bill 2020 in the National Assembly. The bill will be presented in the Senate afterwards and is likely to be approved from both houses as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) decided to back the amendment.
It is pertinent here to mention that on Thursday, Pervez Khattak chaired a meeting of the 33-member of Parliamentary Advisory Committee on Legislative Affairs in the Parliament House which was attended by government officials and representatives of PML-N and PPP.