ISLAMABAD: The government on Friday presented the Army Act Amendment Bill in the National Assembly (NA) for approval.
Chief government negotiator and Defence Minister Pervez Khattak has presented the bill for the discussion during the session headed by NA Speaker Asad Qaiser.
Defence Minister Pervez Khattak has submitted the Army Act Amendment Bill 2020 in the Upper House besides tabling two other amended laws for Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Act 2020 and Pakistan Navy Act 2020.
The assembly has also approved a resolution for postponing the question hour and adjourned the session till Saturday (tomorrow). Later, the three draft bills have been forwarded to the NA Standing Committee for Defence.
Subsequently, the session has been adjourned till Saturday morning 11 am.
The oppostion parties, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have expressed their support to the amendment bill and assured to assist the government in approving it in the assembly.
Yesterday, government delegation headed by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak had held meeting with PML-N leaders and sought their support on Army Act amendment bill.
The committee consisting Pervez Khattak, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Senator Azam Swati and Leader of the House in Senate Syed Shibli Faraz arrived at opposition’s chamber and discussed the matter with PML-N’s Khawaja Asif, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Rana Tanvir and others.
Earlier, Federal Cabinet had approved amendment in Army Act for an extension in the tenure of all military chiefs.
The cabinet meeting proposed a three-year extension in the tenure of all military chiefs – Army, Navy and the Air Force.
The retirement age of three armed forces will be 64 years. The proposed bill stated that the Prime Minister of Pakistan can advise an extension in the tenure of any service chief.
It is pertinent here to mention that the Supreme 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.