SC to issue detailed verdict on COAS extension before Dec 20: CJ

Published: December 14, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Outgoing Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said on Saturday that the Supreme Court would issue its detailed judgement in the case pertaining to the extension in the tenure of army chief General Qamar Bajwa before his retirement.

Asif Saeed Khosa, who became the chief justice of Pakistan in January last year, is retiring on December 20.

He made the statement while talking informally with journalists during a conference at the Federal Judicial Academy in Islamabad.

Meanwhile, journalist Matiullah Jan claimed in a YouTube video that the detailed verdict would be issued either on Monday or Tuesday.

SC gives govt six months for legislation for appointment of army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa

“The judges are giving final touches to the detailed verdict. We are aiming to issue it on Monday; otherwise it will be given on Tuesday,” he quoted the chief justice as saying.

Last month, the Supreme Court had suspended a notification issued by the prime minister in August for Gen Qamar’s reappointment till 2022 citing procedural loopholes.

It directed the federal government to legislate and remove lacunae
in the reappointment/extension of tenure of an army chief within six months.

The ruling averted a crisis as the army chief was set to retire on the night between November 26 and 27. The government is waiting for the detailed verdict before deciding whether to go for a review or legislate on the matter.

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