PTI keen to talk with opposition on COAS tenure legislation

Published: November 29, 2019
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PHOTO: Reuters

KARACHI: A day after the Supreme Court gave the government six months to draft legislation regarding the reappointment or extension in an army chief’s tenure, the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) showed signs of initiating dialogue with the opposition.

The Imran Khan-led government has asked the Parliament to review all existing laws related to the post of army chief and is determined to garner support from opposition parties.

PTI has hinted at a possible change in its policies and may also set up a dialogue committee to talk with leaders of opposition parties.

If the opposition supports the legislation, PTI has committed to further enhancing relations with the other parties in a ‘politically friendly’ environment.

The government has reportedly agreed to address the demands of the opposition but will not entertain the demand for fresh general elections, nor a change in the accountability process.

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According to sources, existing laws – including the appointment or possible extension of the army chief – will be reviewed and the Parliament will be directed to amend the law.

The premier may also sit down with opposition party leaders including Shahbaz Sharif, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Maulana Fazlur Rehman among others.

An all party conference may also be convened by the federal government to discuss the matter.

 

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