Govt likely to table Army Act amendments bill in Parliament today

Govt likely to table Army Act amendments bill in Parliament today

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): The government is expected to table a bill in the parliament on Friday (today) to amend the Army Act and the Constitution in order to give a three-year extension to Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to 'unconditionally support' the Army Act amendment, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said that 'democratic legislative process' must be followed.

On Thursday, the federal government filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking a stay order against its November 28 verdict in the army chief extension of service case.

The petition requested that a stay order remain in effect until a decision on the government's review petition on the verdict has been made.

It further stated that the "balance of convenience lies in favour of the petitioners" and if the "injunction as prayed is not granted, the petitioners will suffer irreparable loss.”

The plea asked the chief justice to "constitute a larger bench comprising five judges so as to hear the review petition.”

This is the second petition filed in this high-profile case by the government.

On December 26, the law ministry had approached the top court against its detailed judgement, issued on December 16, in which the federation was ordered to legislate on the matter within six months.