Pak SC suspends Gen Bajwa extension

Pak SC suspends Gen Bajwa extension


In a big development, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday suspended the government notification that gave an extension to the Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa's tenure.

The Supreme Court, after passing the order, adjourned the hearing till tomorrow. The Court said only 11 out of 25 members of the Imran Khan Cabinet had approved the extension to Army Chief's tenure, which doesn't constitute a majority decision.

In the order, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, said only the President has the right to extend Army Chief's tenure. The Attorney General, meanwhile, informed the court that the government issued the notification on gen. Bajwa's tenure extension only after securing President's nod.

The Supreme Court suspended the notification taking suo motu cognisance of the matter. The Cabinet of Mr. Imran Khan had approved an extension to Gen Bajwa's tenure in August.

'General Qamar Javed Bajwa is appointed Chief of Army Staff for another term of three years from the date of completion of current tenure,' a notification issued by the Pakistan PM's Office had said.

Gen. Bajwa's current tenure expires on November 29.