The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) has extended General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s service tenure for another six months. Bajwa will continue as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) till May 2020.
In its short order, the full bench of the Supreme Court directed the federal government to complete legislation on the matter of Army Chief’s extension.
The short order read out by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said that the government is required to make necessary changes under Article 243 and define Rules and Regulations in this regard.
On Wednesday, the top court had asked the Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) to submit an undertaking on behalf of the government that it will carry out the legislation that defines the details pertaining to Army Chief’s retirement and extension.
AGP Anwar Mansoor fulfilled the requirement vowing the complete the legislation within the given deadline.
The Apex Court maintained that the Army Chief could continue his extended tenure during this period, and the renewal of his extension will be based on the law passed from the parliament.
Earlier, the top court had taken up the case observing that the due procedure for reappointment of Army Chief was not followed.
CJP Khosa inquired that under which constitutional provision was General Bajwa allotted an extension. He had also suspended the earlier notification of August 19 issued by the Prime Minister Imran Khan.
It is worth mentioning here that Army Chief was due to retire tonight.