ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for Railways Farrukh Habib on Friday said the Supreme Court’s verdict in extension case of the Army Chief has strengthened democracy.
“It is the triumph of the democratic forces. However, the decision would have disappointed those who wanted confrontation amongst the institutions,” he said talking to the media persons in Islamabad.
Farrukh Habib expressed the confidence that all the political parties in the parliament would fulfill their responsibility regarding legislation in the light of the judgment of the apex court in the army chief’s extension case.
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The parliamentary secretary paid tributes to the sacrifices of the armed forces in the war on terrorism.
Farrukh Habib said the Pakistan Muslim League-N spent one billion rupees in its last electoral campaign but it had failed to produce its complete record before the scrutiny committee of the Election Commission of Pakistan. He said the PML-N would not be allowed escape accountability in the foreign funding case.
Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan on Friday said that the opposition would be answerable to the court if it created any hurdle on the legislation on the extension of army chief’s tenure.
“The government does not want any kind of conflict among the institutions,” Anwar Mansoor Khan said while talking to a private news channel.
He said the present government would implement the court orders in letter and spirit and legislate in the parliament on the chief of army staff’s extension in due course of time.
About the extension of three-year duration, he said the parliament would decide the length of the period.
Talking to media while flanked by Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan, former Minister for Law and Justice Dr Farogh Naseem and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Mirza Shahzad Akbar on Nov 28, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan had said that the Supreme Court verdict on the petition challenging the extension of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was the victory of democracy and it would help strengthening institutions.
She had said that the judgment had provided the opportunity to rectify the lacunas in the existing laws and remove them with necessary legislation.
Firdous Ashiq Awan had said the petition challenging the extension of COAS’s tenure must not be linked with any particular personality.