New developments reported over COAS General Qamar Bajwa extension case

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New developments reported over COAS General Qamar Bajwa extension case

ISLAMABAD - New developments reported over COAS General Qamar Bajwa extension case as the government review petition on the case has been approved for hearing.

Nearly a month after the Supreme Court ruling on the extension of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, the government filed a review petition on Thursday, raising 26 questions of law against the judgement while pleading for “preservation of two leading institutions” for a “healthy democracy”.

In the petition, the government also apprised the top court that Gen Qamar’s contributions to national security “will go down in history” and “public at large has warmly welcomed” his reappointment.

On Nov 28, a three-judge bench – headed by then chief justice Asif Saeed Khosa – gave the government six months to legislate on the tenure and other service terms of a COAS or else appoint a replacement of Gen Qamar.

“The review petition has been filed because our legal team concluded after thoroughly reviewing all aspects of the verdict that there are several legal gaps in the verdict,” the prime minister’s aide on information and broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan told media persons.

She said there were “legal and constitutional faults” in the judgement. “And the government has decided to file the review because it wants rectification of the faults with due respect to the judiciary,” she added.

Federal Law Minister Barrister Farogh Naseem, meanwhile, also confirmed that the government has challenged the Supreme Court verdict because it did not consider certain constitutional points.

Under the law, the government had until Dec 28 to file the review petition. The law minister also confirmed that the government has requested the apex court to form a larger bench and conduct an in-camera hearing of the review.

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