PM deputes Pervez Khattak to speed up legislation on COAS extension

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday deputed Defence Minister Pervez Khattak to rope in the opposition and the allied parties over issues relating the extension of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s office term and appointment of the chief election commissioner. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the prime minister.

According to sources, the prime minister directed the attendees of the meeting to start the legislation process for the army chief’s extension within the complete time frame specified by the Supreme Court. He also tasked Khattak to meet leaders of the opposition parties to pave the way for the legislation in consultation with them.

Sources added, the prime minister also issued directives regarding the CEC’s appointment. The premier had said that no stone would be left unturned to make the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) an independent and autonomous body.

Last month, the apex court, took notice of a petition filed against the government’s move to extend General Bajwa’s tenure as army chief for another three years.

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