Senate passes bills on tenure of the armed services chiefs today. National Assembly already passed the three bills.
According to the statement of objects and reasons of the three bills, the president, on the advice of the prime minister, can specify tenure and terms and conditions of the service of the services chiefs.
Senate passes bills on tenure
Similarly, he can do so in the case of the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC).
Furthermore, this includes the grant of extension and re-appointments of the services chiefs.
The bills state that the President shall, on the advice of the Prime Minister, appoint the services chiefs and the CJCSC for a tenure of three years.
According to the bills, the services chiefs and the CJCSC may be reappointed for additional tenure of three years. Or, their tenures can be extended up to three years.
Moreover ,the appointment, reappointment or extension of the army, air force or navy chiefs, or the exercise of discretion by the appointing authority in this regard, shall not be called into question before any court on any ground whatsoever.
The House will now meet at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.
Consensus reached after opposition agreed
PMLN extends unconditional support to the government on Army Act, said Rana Sanaullah while talking to the media.
However, he ruled out possibility of deal with the government on Army Act.
He asserted that it remains an unconditional support. How it can be misconstrued as a result of deal, he asked.
Rana Sanaullah further said that PMLN don’t want to make controversial office of the army chief.
PPP called for democratic process
Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stressed the need to follow democratic process while making amendments to the Army Act.
He emphasised this while talking to Defence Minister-led ruling PTI delegation who called on him to seek support for the draft bill for amendments in Army Act.
The governmet is seeking consensus after three-year extension to Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa) engendered legal debate.
The PPP chairman said that they wanted to positively engage with the democratic legislative process.