Services chiefs’ tenure bills approved in NA

PM chairs parliamentary party meeting of PTI, allied parties

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our correspondent
ISLAMABAD
The National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday has approved the amendment bills regarding extension in the tenure of the services chiefs and chairman of joint chiefs of the staff committee. According to details, voting was held on all three Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2020, the Pakistan Air Force (Amendment) Bill 2020 and the Pakistan Navy (Amendment) Bill 2020 under the supervision of NA Speaker Asad Qaiser. Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan was also present in the assembly.
At the start of the session, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak requested the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to withdraw their recommendations regarding amendments in the bills over which, PPP MNA Naveed Qamar took back the suggestions.
On the other hand, the Senate has forwarded the bills to Standing Committees on Defence and adjourned the session till 3pm on Wednesday. As per amendments, the hiring of the services chiefs and chairman of the joint chief of staff committee would be the right of the prime minister and his decision to appoint, reappoint or extend the tenures of chiefs and the chairman cannot be challenged in any court.
The age limit for the appointment has been fixed at 64 years in the case of reappointment and extension, otherwise, the officer will retire at the age of 60 years. Earlier, National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence had unanimously approved the three bills concerning tenures of the services chiefs and the chairman of joint chief of staff committee.
The session was chaired by Chairman Standing Committee on Defence Amjad Khan and other government representatives were also present. “The amendments were passed unanimously by the body. I congratulate the entire country and the opposition parties,” defence minister Pervez Khattak said.
It is pertinent here to mention that the top court had allowed extension/reappointment of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for another six months and asked the government to determine the tenure, terms and conditions of the service of the army chief through legislation within the period.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday chaired the parliamentary party meeting of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its allied parties. The meeting formulated strategy for the approval of the legislature regarding the Armed Forces.
The PM directed the members to ensure their participation in today’s National Assembly session.
Sources further informed that the cabinet meeting, which was scheduled to be held today, has been postponed due to legislation related to the Army Act in the Parliament. Earlier, National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence had unanimously approved the three bills concerning tenures of the services chiefs and the chairman of joint chief of staff committee.
It is pertinent here to mention that the top court had allowed extension/reappointment of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for another six months and asked the government to determine the tenure, terms and conditions of the service of the army chief through legislation within the period.
The court summarised its findings after exploring the scope of Article 243 of the Constitution — which governs the army chief’s appointment, reviewing the Pakistan Army Act, 1952, reviewing the Pakistan Army Act, 1952, the Pakistan Army Act Rules, 1954, and the Army Regulations (Rules).

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