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COAS Extension: Apex Court Adjourns Hearing

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing on petition regarding the extension in tenure of Chief of Army staff  (COAS) General Qamar Jawed Bajwa till 1pm on Wednesday.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and comprising Justice Mazhar Alam and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, is hearing the petition challenging the extension of the COAS.

Former federal law minister Farogh Naseem has submitted his power of attorney upon arrival at the court today and is representing army chief in the case.

During the hearing today, Chief Justice Khosa asked Attorney General (AG) Anwar Mansoor Khan if they had accepted the points raised by the court yesterday.

The chief justice then asked the attorney general to present the summary approved by the federal cabinet in its meeting on Tuesday.

“I informed the court yesterday as well that we are waiting for some ministers to respond on the extension notification,” the attorney general said.

“If there is no answer, so we assume the answer is yes?” the CJP inquired.

To this AG Khan replied, yes! according to the role 19, it is correct.

The top judge then said that this course of action is only acceptable when the answer has to be given in a certain time period.

“If this was an open mandate we would have let it go. The cabinet has accepted the mistakes that we pointed out,” he added.

The federal cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Tuesday had unanimously approved a new summery seeking extension in the service of  Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa for another three years.

 

Earlier in the day, Supreme Court (SC) had suspended the notification confirming the extension of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa for another three years.