Why Pakistan’s powerful Army & assertive judiciary are within an crash program.
New Delhi: In an unprecedented move, the Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa Tuesday suspended the three-year extension granted to the Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa of the country, sending the Nation into a spell of uncertainty and shock.
This is the time when the Army, which controls everything in Pakistan, is on a collision path with an judiciary which has routed the Imran Khan government into a tizzy. Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem resigned from his position, while hearing a petition filed by an unknown group before it just hours after the telling was suspended by the Supreme Court bench for expansion.
The cabinet met soon and amended the Army Regulations (Rules) to include a provision for an’extension in tenure’ of the military leader. Lately, Gen Bajwa had famously said that he wouldn’t seek an expansion and retire on 29 last year November, which will be two days off. The first spark — Bajwa gets a not-so-surprising expansion
Gen Bajwa had shot over in 2016. The statement went against Khan’s own position on the issue. As an opposition fighter, Khan had himself Pakistan Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif for’denying’ to extend his tenure and stated judges and generals ought never to be given extensions.
The extension of bajwa indicated the second time in nearly a decade the nation’s top general had his conventional three-year term extended. The first was in 2010 when the chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was granted an extension by the prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, after consultations with president Asif Ali Zardari.
Gen Bajwa’s expansion , however, made a flutter among the very best army commanders and even political parties.
‘Understandably, this conclusion didn’t go down well with the mature leadership of generals, including his corps commanders,’ he wrote. ‘They would have seen it coming, but had no option .’
The tenure of justice Khosa, whose, has hinted at reforms to pull the judiciary out of a quagmire, especially the ballooning number of backlog cases.
He is notorious for standing up to the powers and contested dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf and was sacked in 2007 for it. On 3 November 2007, Musharraf had declared a state of emergency and suspended the constitution. He demanded that the judges of the superior judiciary to retake oaths under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO). However, Justice Khosa was sacked and refused to abide by the presidential order.
Justice Khosa was restored to his former position as a high court judge on 18 in the wake of an unprecedented mass movement.