Federal Minister stirs new controversy over Supreme Court verdict on COAS General Qamar Bajwa extension case

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Federal Minister stirs new controversy over Supreme Court verdict on COAS General Qamar Bajwa extension case

ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister stirs new controversy over Supreme Court verdict on COAS General Qamar Bajwa extension case.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that the Supreme Court of Pakistan does not have the authority to dictate to the parliament on what matters to legislate on and how, *Voice of America (VOA) *reported on Friday.

The top court, in its Nov 28 verdict, had allowed the federal government to grant a six-month extension to COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa, directing the government to legislate on the army chief's tenure and extension during this time.

Chaudhry, while speaking to *VOA Urdu*, questioned the judiciary's authority to direct the parliament on legislative matters, saying:

"The Supreme Court's orders have a lot of legal defects and shortcomings. It almost eliminates Article 243.

"The Supreme Court cannot tell the parliament that 'you can legislate on this but cannot legislate on that' or 'you can or cannot extend the duration'.

"In the 1956 and 1962 constitutions, the duration of the army chief's tenure was ascertained. But after many debates and arguments, it was taken out of the 1973 Constitution, and there was a reason for that because the Parliament wanted the prime minister to be empowered.

"If you assign a specific amount of term to the army chief then how would you remove him before the expiration of his term, if need be. Therefore, the Supreme Court's verdict has a lot of flaws and it needs to be corrected."