Pakistan court may stop army chief from serving 3 more years

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s supreme court has taken a first step toward blocking the country’s powerful army chief from serving another three-year term.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa on Tuesday suspended till Wednesday the government notification extending the tenure of army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa for another three years.

It’s a blow to Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had said this summer that he needs Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to stay because of ongoing security concerns. Those include heightened tensions with India over Kashmir.

A three-member bench, comprising the Chief Justice along with Justice Mazhar Alam and Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, was hearing a petition filed by the Jurist Foundation.

Bajwa was set to retire on Thursday. He will be forced to step down if the court overturns the government’s extension order.

Pakistan’s military has been accused by some of seeking to play a dominant role in the country’s politics.
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