PM has power to appoint Army chief: Aitzaz Ahsan

PM has power to appoint Army chief: Aitzaz Ahsan

Islamabad (Agencies): Pakistan People’s Party leader Barrister Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan has said that it is the prime minister’s right to appoint the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

Talking to the media, the PPP leader said that the supreme court is a respectful institution, but the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is supreme.

“Regardless of whether PM Imran Khan made the right decision or the wrong one, it is not the right of the judge or anyone else to make this appointment,” he added.

A three-member bench of the top court headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and comprising Justice Mazhar Alam Khan and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah is hearing the case.

Farogh Naseem, who resigned as Ministry of Law on Tuesday, is representing the army chief before the court.

During Wednesday’s hearing, CJP Khosa said that media had misunderstood yesterday's proceedings and clarified that the court had not taken suo motu notice. "We are continuing your petition," the top judge told the petitioner who was in court today.