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Supreme Court reserves verdict on Army Chief’s extension case

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, and comprises of Justice Mazhar Alam and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah is hearing the case.

Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Anwar Mansoor Khan presented new summary regarding extension in the service of COAS General Bajwa.

According to sources, a new summary regarding the extension of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa was formulated by the Federal Government after the Supreme Court heard a case into the matter.

Barrister Farogh Naseem, who resigned from his post as Law Minister to pursue the case is representing the army chief while Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan is representing the government.

 During the last hearing of the case on Wednesday, the top judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Khosa had remarked that the amendment in Army Rule could not be applied to the rank of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) as the Army Chief is a commander which is a separate category.

Justice Khosa questioned Farogh Naseem for the time for the retirement of the Army Chief. Naseem answered that the tenure of COAS will expire on Thursday’s 12:00 midnight.

Foolproof security measures have been put in place to deter any untoward incident, while unauthorized persons have been banned entering the Supreme Court building.

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