Govt forms three-mem­ber com­mit­tee

Com­mit­tee com­prises FM, Defence Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Plan­ning

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ISLAMABAD: The PTI gov­ern­ment on Mon­day con­sti­tuted a three-mem­ber com­mit­tee com­pris­ing For­eign Min­is­ter Shah Mah­mood Qureshi, Defence Min­is­ter Pervez Khat­tak and Min­is­ter for Plan­ning Asad Omar to lead the ef­fort for draft­ing new legislatio­n on the ex­ten­sion of an army chief’s ten­ure.

The move comes af­ter the Supreme Court (SC) gave the gov­ern­ment six months to leg­is­late and iron out the la­cu­nae in the reap­point­ment or ex­ten­sion of ten­ure of an army chief – paving the way for the in­cum­bent, Gen­eral Qa­mar Javed Ba­jwa, to stay on un­til a new law de­ter­mined his terms of ser­vice.

The com­mit­tee will also de­bate on the new legislatio­n with op­po­si­tion par­ties in the par­lia­ment. The gov­ern­ment is hope­ful that the req­ui­site law will be drafted within six months. Dur­ing the land­mark hear­ings in the apex court, a three-mem­ber bench, com­pris­ing Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan Asif Saeed Khosa, Jus­tice Mian Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Jus­tice Syed Man­soor Ali Shah, is­sued the ver­dict in the high-stake case af­ter the state’s chief law of­fi­cer sub­mit­ted an un­der­tak­ing to the court that par­lia­ment would bring in a new law on the matter within six months. The rul­ing averted a cri­sis as the army chief was set to re­tire on the night be­tween Thurs­day and Fri­day. On Tues­day, the court had sus­pended a no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued by the prime min­is­ter in Au­gust for Gen Qa­mar’s reap­point­ment till 2022 cit­ing pro­ce­dural loop­holes.

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