Pak mulling emergency over Gen Bajwa extension

Pak mulling emergency over Gen Bajwa extension


Amid the uncertainty over the extension of the Pakistan Army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure, high-level officials in the Pakistan government are considering the imposition of emergency in a bid to avert any unforeseen situation.

Though a conclusive decision has yet not been taken, the possibility of imposition of emergency cannot be ruled out outright, a news agency reported, citing well-placed sources. As per the sources, most of the senior officials in the Pakistan government are not in agreement with the proposal.

The leaders, who are in favour of the emergency, have been trying to convince the officials opposing the proposal, saying that a positive outcome was attained in the past through imposition of emergency, and suggested that doing the same for a short time now would not be harmful.

They further said that the decision will also help the government maintain peace and harmony in society and avert chaos. The Supreme Court of Pakistan, on Tuesday, suspended the Imran Khan government’s notification that gave an extension to General Bajwa's tenure; saying only 11 out of 25 members of the Pakistan Cabinet had approved the notification, which doesn't constitute a majority decision.

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.

The current tenure of Gen Bajwa, the 10th Chief of Pakistan Army Staff, will expire on November 29.