CJP suspends army chief Bajwa’s tenure extension notification till Wednesday

Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa on Tuesday suspended the notification of Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure extension until the hearing tomorrow.

During the hearing taken up by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa, the three-member bench suspended the notification and has issued notices to all parties, including the COAS. The CJP said only the president of Pakistan can extend the tenure of the army chief. The attorney general (AG) told the SC that the army chief’s tenure was extended after the president’s approval.

The CJP said out of 25 cabinet members, only 11 had approved the extension.”Fourteen members of the cabinet did not give any opinion due to their absence,” the chief justice said.

A petition was filed against the extension in the army chief’s tenure by Jurist Foundation appealing the court to declare the extension null and void. However, the CJP rejected the application and took suo motu notice, local media reported.