The Supreme Court of Pakistan suspended the Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa's notification for extension of employment till (tomorrow) his notice.
A three-member bench comprising Justice Mazhar Alam and Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, heard the petition filed by the Jurist Foundation against an extension of the post of Army Chief.
At the commencement of the hearing, petitioner Riaz Hanif Rahi, a lawyer for the petitioner Jurist Foundation, requested to withdraw the application. On which the Chief Justice said that a handwritten application was received, the applicant and the advocate on record were present, there was no affidavit with this request.
The Chief Justice said that we do not know whether the request was given freely or without pressure, so we will not hear the request to withdraw it. The Supreme Court, rejecting the request to withdraw the petition, heard the petition in the public interest under Article 184 (c) of the Constitution.
Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan appeared in the Supreme Court during the hearing on the central petition.
During the hearing, the Chief Justice remarked that "only the President can extend the term of the Army Chief", the Prime Minister does not have the authority to extend the extension, to which the Attorney General in the court said that during the Army Chief's term. The extension was made after the president's approval and the summary was approved by the cabinet.
Later, the court said that the Army Chief's extension notification was suspended, and the court issued notices to all parties, including the Army Chief.
The Supreme Court remarks that the court is making the Army Chief a party in this petition. Jurist Foundation, on November 25, filed a petition in the Supreme Court against an extension of the army chief's term.
It should be remembered that on August 19 this year, General Qamar Javed Bajwa's term was extended to 3 years. According to a notification issued by the Prime Minister's Office, Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed General Qamar Javed Bajwa as Army Chief for three more years after the current term has been completed.
The notification said the extension of the term of Army Chief was decided in the context of the regional security situation. Various politicians and journalists welcomed the decision to appoint the Army Chief as the head of the Pak Army for another three years.
However, the government's decision was also criticized by some constituencies.