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Wednesday Nov 27 2019

General Bajwa’s extension: New summary made in session under PM Imran


ISLAMABAD: A new summary has been formulated regarding the extension of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa after the Supreme Court heard a case into the matter, sources informed on Wednesday.

The summary was made in an emergency session under Prime Minister Imran Khan, where the army chief was himself present along with the senior cabinet members, legal team and former law minister Farogh Naseem.

Sources said that consultation was held over today’s hearing on the issue of army chief’s extension and the questions raised by the apex court were discussed in the meeting.

In the new summary, the word ‘appointment’ has been exchanged with ‘extension’, keeping in view the objection by the apex court.

Sources said that the legal team helped in making the new summary and even the army chief was consulted over that.

The summary can be circulated to get approval from the federal cabinet members. 

A day ago, a meeting of the federal cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Imran had approved the summary seeking an extension for General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The prime minister had called an emergency meeting of the cabinet for the second time on Tuesday. 

The Supreme Court of Pakistan today resumed the hearing of the case regarding the extension in service of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The federal law minister Farogh Naseem, who resigned from his post on Tuesday after the court took up the case, represented the army chief.

During the hearing, CJP Khosa remarked that it would be better if the court reviews the Army Act and rules to understand the legal point of view behind the appointment of the army chief.

The top court adjourned the case until Thursday morning.