Bajwa stays Pakistan Army chief for 6 months

Bajwa stays Pakistan Army chief for 6 months

Islamabad, Nov 28: Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa will remain the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of the Pakistan for another six months, Supreme Court ordered on Thursday.

The court in its verdict said during this time parliament will legislate on the extension/reappointment of an army chief. Gen Bajwa was set to retire at midnight. A three-member bench — comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Mian Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah — gave the ruling t after being assured by the government that parliament will pass legislation within six months.

According to the short order, "the current appointment of General Qamar Javed Bajwa as COAS shall be subject to the said legislation and shall continue for a period of six months from today, whereafter the new legislation shall determine his tenure and other terms and conditions of service". Prime Minister Imran Khan had extended Bajwa's tenure through a notification in August, but the top court suspended it on Tuesday due to irregularities in the manner of extension. (UNI)

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