Important developments made in COAS General Qamar Bajwa extension case in Supreme Court
ISLAMABAD: Important developments made in COAS General Qamar Bajwa extension case in Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court has reserved its verdict in the COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa extension case, which would be announced later today by a 10-member full court.
For the third day today, a three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and comprising Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, heard a petition challenging the extension of COAS General Bajwa.
When the hearing resumed, the chief justice asked the Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan to present the notifications of extension granted to former army chief general (retd) Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, as well as the notification of the retirement of General Raheel Sharif.
"We were told yesterday that generals never retire," remarked CJP Khosa.
The attorney general informed the court that General Qamar Bajwa has been reappointed under Article 243, to which the CJP remarked that you have to convince us this is legal.
After arguments made by the attorney general and General Bajwa's counsel Farogh Naseem, the bench stated that a 10-member full court will announce the short order in the afternoon, whereas the detailed verdict would be issued in the evening.
In the meantime, the court granted General Bajwa permission to continue working, conditionally. It further instructed the government to prepare a fresh notification, which does not list the tenure of the extension and to submit it in the court at 1pm.