Government files review petition for SC verdict on army chief’s extension


Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special assistant Firdaus Ashiq Awan announced on Thursday that the federal government has submitted a review petition on Supreme Courts’ verdict on the case of army chief’s extension.

She said that the review petition was submitted after a thorough revision of the verdict by the federal government’s legal team. Adding on, she said that
Law Minister Farogh Naseem will brief the media in detail about this.

Awan said, “The review petition was filed because our legal team thoroughly, comprehensively, and closely reviewed all aspects of the decision and concluded that there are several legal gaps in the verdict.”

Last month, a three-member Supreme Court bench, had directed the parliament to legislate on the extension/reappointment of an army chief within six months. The court had decided that Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa would remain chief of army staff (COAS) during the six-month period in which the parliament would draft laws regarding the extension and appointment of an army chief.

The matter was then brought to the Supreme Court’s attention after Prime Minister Imran Khan granted a three-year extension to Gen Bajwa, who was supposed to retire on November 29.


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