#Army chief extension: Govt files review petition in light of ‘legal gaps’ in #SC verdict

The federal government has submitted a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict in a case pertaining to the extension/appointment of an army chief, announced Prime minister’s aide Firdous Ashiq Awan on Thursday.

The petition was submitted after a thorough review of the verdict by the government’s legal team, she said, adding that Law Minister Farogh Naseem will brief the media in detail about this.

“The review petition was filed because our legal team thoroughly, comprehensively, and closely reviewed all aspects of the decision and concluded that there are several legal gaps in the verdict,” said Awan.

Last month, a three-member Supreme Court bench, headed by the then chief justice Asif Saeed Khosa, had directed the parliament to legislate on the extension/reappointment of an army chief within six months, after noting that there were no clear laws or rules on the matter. The court, after grilling the attorney general for three days over the matter, the court had decided that Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa would remain chief of army staff (COAS) during the six-month period in which the parliament would draft laws regarding the extension and appointment of an army chief.

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