ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday (today) will resume hearing into a case pertaining to the extension/reappointment in incumbent Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure.
The three-year term of Gen Bajwa, who is reaching the age of superannuation [60 years] next year, as Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) is ending on Thursday at midnight. He will be able to continue his service if the SC decides the case in his favour before November 29.
An SC bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Mian Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah heard the case. The army chief was represented by Farogh Naseem, who resigned from his post as law minister yesterday to pursue the case, while Attorney General (AG) Anwar Mansoor Khan presented arguments on behalf of the government.
The chief justice, before wrapping up the hearing for the day, said that there were three points which the court will consider- the law, the procedure involved and the grounds for granting the army chief an extension
He said that the first two issues are very important and based on those, the court will announce its decision.
It is pertinent to mention that over the past two decades, Gen Raheel Sharif is the only army chief to have retired on time.