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Amendments To Army Act Made In Emergency Federal Cabinet Meeting

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government, during a meeting of the federal cabinet, has decided to make amendments to the Army Act.

According to a report in Dawn, the meeting was presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The amendments pertained to the clauses related to the chief of army staff’s tenure and extension, and were passed unanimously.

On November 21, the Prime Minister’s Office had confirmed the extension of Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa along with appointing Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza as the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, months after an earlier notification in August in this regard.

The Supreme Court subsequently suspended the notification extending the tenure of the army chief, while raising issue with the legality of the issued notification.

On November 28, the Supreme Court had given an extension to the army chief, while making it conditional to legislation on the matter.

Last week, the government submitted a review petition against the Supreme Court’s verdict, calling for it to be annulled.

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