Government of Pakistan approves amendment to Army Law

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government in an emergency meeting on Wednesday approved amendments to it, almost four weeks after it assured the Supreme Court to pass legislation on the extension and re-election of an army chief within six months .

Prime Minister Imran Khan He had extended the mandate of the army chief general through a notification on August 19. However, on November 26, the Supreme Court suspended the government's order, citing irregularities in the way in which the head of the army, a close confidant of the prime minister, received an extension.

On November 28, Bajwa received a six-month conditional extension from the superior court, ending an unprecedented legal dispute that rocked Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government and confronted the powerful military against power judicial.

The president of the court, Asif Saeed Khosa, who headed a three-member bank, announced the verdict after obtaining a guarantee from the government that Parliament will pass legislation on the extension/re-election of an army chief within six months.

At Wednesday's meeting, chaired by Khan, the amendments made to the clauses related to the tenure and extension of the army chief were approved unanimously, Dawn News reported.

The amended bill will now be submitted to Parliament for its entry into force.

Although the details about the amendments are still unclear, Defense Minister Pervez Khattak said it includes a proposal to extend the mandate of the three heads of services.