ISLAMABAD: Barrister Farogh Naseem was sworn in as the federal minister at a ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Friday.
President Dr Arif Alvi administered the oath to him.
It has not yet been announced which portfolio he would be given.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had taken up a petition challenging the extension granted to Gen Bajwa by the government. On Wednesday, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed told a news conference that Prime Minister Imran Khan had accepted Naseem’s resignation which was tendered during a cabinet meeting.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar had said that Naseem “voluntarily” resigned from his office and added that Naseem would join the attorney general to clarify the government’s stance on the issue of the army chief’s tenure extension.
Yesterday, the apex had announced its decision in the case while directing the government to pass legislation on the extension/reappointment of an army chief. The short order had noted that according to Article 243 of the Constitution, the authority to appoint an army chief lies with the president. However, there is no duration of appointment specified in the Article.