ISLAMABAD: Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem has resigned from his post, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed confirmed in a news conference on Tuesday.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan has accepted Naseem’s resignation which was tendered during a meeting of the federal cabinet today.
Naseem has resigned because he will represent the government in a case regarding Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure extension in the Supreme Court tomorrow. He will be accompanied at the court by the attorney general of Pakistan.
In another major development, it was announced that the government today amended the Army Regulations (Rules) to include a provision for an “extension in tenure” of the army chief.
Addressing the press conference, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood said the Supreme Court had today observed that the Army Regulations did not have a provision for an “extension”.
He announced that in order to “assist the court and clear matters”, the cabinet today amended Rule 255 of the Army Regulations (Rules). Besides “suspension of retirement” and “limitation of retirement”, Rule 255 will now also contain “extension in tenure” of the army chief, he said.
According to the minister, the amendment is in line with the prime minister’s intention to grant an extension to Gen Bajwa.