The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to support unconditionally the changes made to the Army Act by the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to facilitate the extension service of General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
According to sources, the decision was made after a meeting of parliamentary PML-N representatives received a message from the party leadership on Thursday urging the party to fully endorse the amendment bill when it is tabled by the government in parliament, according to sources.
It is claimed that the PML-N leadership does not want the COAS position to become controversial, and has therefore decided to support the PTI government in a bid to amend the Army Act under the guidance of a Supreme Court decision in this regard.
At an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the federal cabinet approved changes to the Army Act that would allow the prime minister to extend the term of all chiefs of services.
Tomorrow (Friday) the bill on the amendment will be tabled in the National Assembly. The amendment was prepared on the basis of the guidelines stated in the judgment of the Supreme Court.
Previously, on a 24-hour notice, President Dr. Arif Alvi had convened a session of the upper and lower houses of Parliament on Wednesday. The measure was unexpected as the legislature’s upper house, apart from a necessary session, had not met for 124 days.