ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court here on Thursday granted a six-month extension to General Qamar Javed Bajwa as Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) after getting assurance from the government that it would legislate in the parliament on appointment and extension of Army Chief.
According to the short order verdict issued by the SC, “During this period the Army Chief will be responsible for the command, discipline, training, administration, organisation and preparedness for the war of the Army and the Chief Executive in the General Headquarters.”
“We exercise judicial restraint, find it appropriate to leave the matter to the parliament and the Federal Government to clarify the terms and conditions of the service of the COAS through an act of parliament and to clarify the scope of Article 243 of the Constitution,” the court said in the verdict.
“The Attorney General has categorically assured the court that this practice being followed is to be codified under the law and undertakes that the Federal Government shall initiate the process to carry out the necessary legislation and seeks a period of six months forgetting the needful done,” the court added.
A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Mian Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah announced the short verdict on a petition filed by the Jurists Foundation through its Chairman against the extension of tenure of COAS.