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Supreme Court suspends the extension to Army Chief tenure notification till tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Notification giving three-year extension to Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure has been suspended till Wednesday 27th day of November (2019) by the CJP here today.

It is pertinent to mention here that this is CJP Justice Asif Saeed Khosa’s first Suo Motto notice. He has been speaking against such notices ever since he has assumed his present position.

The flow of events:

  • PM Imran Khan extended the tenure of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa after returning from trip to White House;
  • When PM learned that he was not authorized to extend the Army Chief’s tenure, he sent it to the President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi;
  • Later, when it transpired that only the Cabinet can do the needful, a meeting was called posthaste;
  • On 19 August, 2019 Prime Minister Imran Khan had approved an extension to the tenure of Gen Bajwa for another three years and the  following notification was issued by the PM Office: “General Qamar Javed Bajwa is appointed Chief of Army Staff for another term of three years from the date of completion of current tenure;”
  • An applicant went to the Supreme Court saying that the notification was not legal;
  • On 26th of November, 2019 an handwritten application was sent to the SC begging to take back the earlier application;
  • Since no affidavit was attached to the second application, CJP overlooked that and took Sou-Motto notice of the petition itself;
  • When during the hearing of petition challenging the extension in Gen Bajwa’s tenure today,  CJP noted that only the president of Pakistan could extend the tenure of the army chief, AG told that his tenure was extended after the president’s approval following approval of the summary by the cabinet. AG further informed that a similar petition was filed in the Peshawar High Court but was withdrawn later;
  • Notices have been sent to all the parties including the COAS and the Interior Ministry;
  • Supreme Court will hear the case tomorrow (27th of November, 2019).

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.