Pakistan Supreme Court extends the term of Army Chief General Bajwa by 6 months: Pakistan Supreme Court on Thursday gave a 6-month extension of service to Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. His service extension has been given by the Imran government after a new application in the court.
During the hearing on Thursday, the court directed the government to submit a new application to extend the service. It has also said that in the application filed, time for extension of tenure should not be written. After that, applications have been given by the government.
Took a new application and extended the tenure of 6 months
After getting the new application, the court has extended the term of Javed Bajwa for the next 6 months with conditions. Prime Minister Imran Khan gave an extension of three years to General Bajwa through an official notification of 19 August citing security, as a rule, the President has the power to extend the tenure of an army chief and not Prime Minister Imran. Because of this, a case was filed in the Supreme Court in this case, taking cognizance of which the court was hearing. The verdict was delivered after the hearing on Thursday.
The three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and headed by Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Justice Mansoor Ali Shah heard it for the third consecutive day. Earlier, a person named Raiz Rahi had filed a petition in this regard, but later he applied to withdraw it. The court itself took cognizance of this application and refused to return the case. Since then, the matter has been emphasized. The important verdict in this case will now be announced by a 10-member full court after the hearing.
During Thursday’s hearing, the court has asked the government not to mention any time period for extension in Bajwa’s service. It also directed that the government should mention in the summary that it was prepared on the order of the apex court. The bench also sought documents relating to the retirement and pension of former army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and his successor General Raheel Sharif. Since the documents were not readily available, the court adjourned the proceedings for 15 minutes to give the government time to present the papers. When the hearing resumed, Attorney General Anwar Mansoor told the court that the government had reappointed General Bajwa as Chief of the Army under Article 243 of the Constitution.
Tenure ending today
Bajwa’s original term ends on Thursday at midnight. If the Supreme Court gives its verdict, he can continue his tenure as army chief. The government withdrew the August 19 orders following the apex court’s comments in the case and issued a new notification which was also rejected by the court on Wednesday. Prime Minister Imran Khan called an emergency cabinet meeting to deal with the uncertain situation, in which General Bajwa himself joined the deliberations. Farooq Naseem, who resigned from his post as Law Minister on Tuesday to represent the matter, represented General Bajwa in the court.
Fear of India is also a big reason not to remove Bajwa
Experts say that due to the fear of India, the Pakistan government does not want to withdraw its army chief Javed Bajwa. This is the reason why the Imran government has amended the army rules to prevent army chief Bajwa. Imran knows that Bajwa is expert in strategizing against India on the Jammu-Kashmir and India-Pakistan border. The Pak government feels that Bajwa’s departure will weaken his grip on the border. Therefore, the Government of Pakistan has amended Army Rules 255 to remove the hurdles of the court in the matter related to the Chief of the Army. The government of Pakistan took this step when the Supreme Court suspended the decision to extend Bajwa’s term. The court had said that there is no such provision in the Army rules.
Bajwa came in place of retired General Rahil Sharif
On November 29, 2016, Bajwa succeeded retired General Rahil Sharif. The name of Bajwa was stamped by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Bajwa has a long experience of Kashmir issues, especially along the Line of Control with India. Raheel Sharif was also at the same post in Bajwa Pakistan Army Headquarters GHQ. The seat is controlled by the Pakistan Army’s largest wing 10 coppers.