The Cabinet Committee on Legislation has decided to amend the Army Act, 1952 to replace the Army Chief’s ‘re-appointment’ with ‘retained’.
On Tuesday evening, Dawn News reporter Riyazul Haque made a surprising revelation that the Cabinet Committee on Legislation has proposed several amendments to the Army Act, 1952. It is a sub-committee of the Cabinet where proposals go to the Cabinet and then from the Cabinet to Parliament.
Riazul Haq said in Adil Shahzeb’s program on Dawn News that many changes have been proposed in it, but in view of the current situation, the most interesting change is regarding the “reappointment” or “retention” of the army chief.
Section 176-A of the Act was amended by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in 2020 on the order of the Supreme Court, according to which the extension of the army chief was written as “re-appointment”.
But in the proposed amendment, the word “reappointment” is replaced by “retention”.
According to Riyazul Haq, legal experts believe that the word “retention” has great significance in the current situation.
It should be remembered that in recent days the discussion surrounding the appointment of a new army chief has been going on all over the country. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly said that Nawaz Sharif wants to appoint a person as the army chief who will hide his theft, while Muslim League-N says that Imran Khan is making the appointment of the army chief controversial so that you can install the army chief of your choice.
Breaking: Government decides to amend Army Act 1952 to ‘retain’ Chief of Army Staff pic.twitter.com/5VeV7uue2M
— Riaz ul Haq (@Riazhaq) 15 November 2022
Meanwhile, there have been reports that a decision may be taken to extend General Bajwa despite the army chief rejecting the possibility of extension several times and has been on a farewell visit for the past few days.
Last month, Imran Khan said in an interview to Kamran Khan that the appointment of the army chief can be delayed for some time so that the country can have an election and the new government can appoint the army chief of its choice. On the other hand, the PML-N has continuously rejected this proposal and has maintained that the prerogative of appointing the army chief belongs to the prime minister and when the new elections are to be held, this decision is also the prime minister’s responsibility. is at the discretion of