Islamabad: The Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s extension for three years has been questioned in the court for the last few days. The notification regarding his extension was issued by the government in August. However, due to the lack of some legal formalities, the notification was dismissed by the court here on November 26.
The COAS was to retire on November 28 on account of the completion of his tenure. However, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has granted him the extension of six more months here on Thursday.
The Supreme Court’s three-member bench was headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and comprising Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah.
Hearing all the petitions and legal documents, the court announced that the appointment of General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the COAS will continue for six months.
Here is the court verdict, “Considering that the COAS is responsible for the command, discipline, training, administration, organization and preparedness for war and is the chief executive at the General Headquarters, we, while exercising judicial restraint, find it appropriate to leave the matter to parliament and the federal government to clearly specify the terms and conditions of service of the COAS through an Act of Parliament and to clarify the scope of Article 243 of the Constitution in this regard.”
It further added that “Therefore, 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, where after the new legislation shall determine his tenure and other terms and conditions of service.”
Meanwhile, Farogh Naseem has informed that COAS will continue his services from today, November 29.
“General Bajwa’s tenure will begin from midnight today (Thursday).”
While lauding the judiciary system he said, “Our judges and the courts are protectors of our Constitution.”