Is Pakistan govt mulling imposition of emergency? The News and Jang reported on the basis of information from well-placed sources that no conclusive decision has been arrived at by the high-ups since most of the senior officials are not in agreement with the proposal
The highest echelons in the Pakistan government are mulling the imposition of emergency to meet any untoward situation arising due to developments regarding the uncertainty over extension in service for Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, said sources.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of a case pertaining to the extension/reappointment of Bajwa’s tenure until tomorrow.
The three-year term of Gen Bajwa, who is reaching the age of superannuation [60 years] next year, as Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) is ending on Thursday at midnight. He will be able to continue his service if the SC decides the case in his favour before November 29, The Dawn reported.
The News and Jang reported on Tuesday on the basis of information from well-placed sources that no conclusive decision has been arrived at by the high-ups since most of the senior officials are not in agreement with the proposal.
However, the possibility of imposition of emergency cannot be ruled out outright.
The pro-emergency segment of the leaders was of the view that a positive outcome was attained in the past through imposition of emergency, and suggested that doing the same for a short time now would not be harmful. It will also help the government create harmony in society and avert chaos.
Lawyers on Strike
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has announced that lawyers will observe a countrywide strike on Thursday to protest what it called the “unconstitutional moves” of the federal government regarding Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure extension and the high treason case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
According to a press release issued by the body on Wednesday, lawyers will observe a full-day strike tomorrow when they will hold protest and condemnation meetings in their respective bar rooms against the government measures to grant an extension in service to the incumbent army chief and “rescue” Musharraf from punishment in the high treason case, The Dawn reported.
PBC Vice Chairman Syed Amjad Shah and the chairman of its executive committee, Sher Muhammad Khan, strongly condemned the “belated efforts and maneuverings of the federal government” after yesterday’s order of the Supreme Court in the case pertaining to Gen Bajwa’s extension, according to the statement.
They said the government had rectified its mistakes and brought about amendments in some relevant laws in an attempt to “overcome their inefficiency” in the matter of granting extension to the army chief.
The PBC officials also condemned what they called the government’s “unjustified and unprecedented move” to approach the IHC to restrain the special court from announcing its verdict in the case against Musharraf.
The PTI-led government is currently engaged in the Supreme Court where it is defending the procedure under which Prime Minister Imran Khan approved an extension in the tenure of Gen Bajwa. Also, the interior ministry earlier this week petitioned the Islamabad High Court to halt a special court from announcing its judgement in the high treason case against Musharraf. Its plea was accepted by the IHC on Wednesday.