Islamabad: The discussion regarding COAS’s extension is currently under the headlines. On Monday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has issued the detailed verdict regarding the extension of Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
A notification was issued by the Prime Minister’s office regarding COAS’s three years extension. However, the apex court had suspended the notification last month.
The verdict was served by Justice Mansoor Ali Shah which states that SC bench “explored the scope of Article 243 of the Constitution, reviewed the Pakistan Army Act, 1952, the Pakistan Army Act Rules, 1954”.
For now, the Supreme Court has served its detailed verdict regarding the extension of the COAS.
According to the detailed verdict, the court “found that the Pakistan Army Act, 1952 falls deficient of the structural requirements for raising and maintaining an Army under clause (3) of Article 243 of the Constitution”.
The verdict noted that “no tenure or age of retirement for the rank of General is provided under the law. As per the institutional practice, a General retires on completion of tenure of three years. Although an institutional practice cannot be a valid substitute of the law.”
“There is no provision in the law for extending service of a General for another tenure; nor is there any consistent and continuous institutional practice of granting such extension.”
Moreover, Justice Shah stated that the reappointment of General Qamar Javed Bajwa is completely ‘meaningless’.