ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Defence gave its nod on Tuesday to three bills regarding the tenure of the services chiefs — chief of army staff, chief of air staff and chief of naval staff and the chairman of the joint chief of staff committee.
Before the Senate body green-lit the bills in a meeting after a session of the upper house, the National Assembly had accorded its approval to them. The bills will be tabled for approval by the Senate tomorrow.
The three bills are: the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2020, the Pakistan Air Force (Amendment) Bill 2020 and the Pakistan Navy (Amendment) Bill 2020.
In a session of the Senate, all three bills had been presented by federal minister Azam Swati. During the presentation, members from the opposition benches belonging to Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and National Party (NP) opposed the bills, chanting slogans of “No, no”.
Subsequently, Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani forwarded the three bills to the committee for approval.
Later, Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak said that the bills had been passed unanimously by the committee.
When asked if any amendments had been put forth by the PPP, Khattak replied in the negative.