Pak Army Chief Gets 6-Month Extension By Supreme Court After Legal Row

Common Qamar Javed Bajwa took over from Common Raheel Sharif as Pakistan’s military chief in 2016


Pakistan’s highly effective military chief Common Qamar Javed Bajwa was given a six-month extension by the nation’s Supreme Courtroom on Thursday, simply hours earlier than his three-year tenure was attributable to expire at midnight. The court docket additionally directed the parliament to legislate on the matter inside these six months.

The ruling got here as a short lived reduction to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, whose authorities’s notification in August granting a three-year extension to Common Bajwa triggered a authorized row between the nation’s high establishments.

The Pakistani military, which is believed to have a disproportionate management over the nation’s politics, has usually seen the tenure of its chief prolonged.

However earlier this week, the Supreme Courtroom struck down the federal government notification in what was seen as a uncommon problem to the Pakistani military’s authority. This was adopted by emergency cupboard conferences as the federal government scrambled its response. The regulation minister resigned on Tuesday to pursue the case, representing the military chief, information company PTI reported.

On Thursday, a bench led by Pakistan’s Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa directed the parliament to justify the tenure extension throughout the constitutional framework. “We’re displaying judicial restraint though there is no such thing as a provision in regulation to grant an extension,” Chief Justice Khosa instructed the court docket. “We go away this matter to parliament to make regulation relating to this,” he stated.

Imran Khan, who’s seen to be near the military in distinction to his predecessor Nawaz Sharif, tweeted quickly after the ruling: “Right now should be an important disappointment to those that anticipated the nation to be destabilised by a conflict of establishments. That this didn’t occur should be of particular disappointment to our exterior enemies & mafias inside.”

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In subsequent tweets, he additionally expressed his “biggest respect for CJ Khosa, one of many biggest Jurists produced by Pakistan”.

Common Bajwa took over from Common Raheel Sharif as Pakistan’s military chief in 2016. His critics have since accused him of orchestrating the 2018 election victory of Imran Khan, subverting civil liberties, and censoring the media.