Supreme Court reserves decision regarding General Bajwa’s extension
The Supreme Court adjourned hearing the petition combating a three-year extension in Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure Thursday. The hearing will continue at 1pm.
It adjourned Wednesday’s hearing after six hours. The case was initially filed by the Jurists’ Foundation but after it asked to withdraw the case, the court decided to take it up itself.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of the army chief extension case until Thursday (tomorrow) morning.
A three-member bench of the SC, 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.
CJP Asif Saeed Khosa and counsel of the army chief Barrister Farogh Naseem had an interesting conversation regarding General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s extension case on Wednesday.
Asif Khosa asked Farogh Naseem if Bajwa was going to retire on Thursday (tomorrow). While, he said, that as per the attorney general a general never retired. He also asked if a former chief of army staff could also be appointed on the post of the army chief again.
Justice Mansoor Ali Shah pointed out that according to the AG’s definition of the Article 243 of the Constitution, even the attorney general could appoint an army chief. He asked how the federal government could grant extension to an army chief, if it did not appoint him.
Mansoor Shah further asked if the army chief’s tenure had been completed, would he be considered retired or not. Upon which, AG Anwer Mansoor Khan said that no age limit was set for retirement of a COAS.