Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan has hailed the Supreme Court’s verdict approving a conditional extension in military chief General Qamar Bajwa’s tenure for an extra six months.
Addressing a press convention together with former regulation minister Farogh Naseem and PM’s aide on accountability Shahzad Akbar on Thursday, he mentioned to legislate on the matter of a military chief’s appointment and extension of tenure “will likely be a matter of pleasure for the federal government”.
“Right now’s resolution is a historic resolution,” he mentioned. “The way in which the Structure has been interpreted will present steering for us sooner or later.”
Khan mentioned the military chief was given the extension consistent with precedents set up to now.
“The Military Act, during which the Supreme Court has identified flaws, was enacted within the colonial period and Common Bajwa’s tenure was prolonged in the identical method his predecessors got extensions,” he mentioned.
The highest court mentioned it was granting the COAS a conditional extension of six months, giving parliament time to make clear the constitutional tips below which a military chief’s tenure may very well be extended.
“Contemplating that the (military chief) is accountable for the command, self-discipline, coaching, administration, organisation and preparedness for battle of the military … we, whereas exercising restraint, discover it applicable to depart the matter to the parliament,” Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa advised the court.
Talking on the event, Naseem mentioned military chief’s new tenure would start from 12am midnight. “His tenure wouldn’t expire after six months, and he’ll full his tenure,” he mentioned. “It’s the prerogative of Parliament and the manager to determine the tenure of the military chief.”
Naseem felicitated the apex court judges, saying, “We’re grateful that the Supreme Court docket guided us on each level throughout the proceedings.”
He mentioned the matter of extension in tenure of the COAS was taken by any court docket for the primary time, and the federal government had adopted earlier precedents.
“Supreme Court admitted that the continuing on Article 243 was the primary level of impression,” he added.
The barrister mentioned some media shops ran “faux information” on the matter, saying Prime Minister Imran Khan had reprimanded the federal government’s authorized staff, and hinted on taking a authorized motion towards such shops.
“I wish to make clear this that nobody requested me to resign… neither Prime Minister Imran Khan nor General Bajwa…I resigned for my nation voluntarily,” he mentioned.
Akbar mentioned the apex court had directed that to amend the Military Act, which may very well be carried out by means of easy laws and didn’t require a two-thirds majority in Parliament.