Govt will discuss treason case verdict with legal team: Dr Firdous

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ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Tuesday has said that the stance of government regarding special court verdict on treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf will come forth after discussion with the legal team.

Foreign Minister Shah Mohamed Qureshi will chair the important meeting to discuss the legal aspects of the verdict. The Attorney General and the Legal Team inform the participants of the meeting based on the SC decision.

The meeting will review the legal aspects of detailed judgements and will consult on government statements.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah stated in a detailed judgement that a threefold Supreme Court led by Supreme Court judge Asif Saeed Khosa has investigated the scope of Article 243 of the Constitution, has revised the 1952 Pakistani Army Law, The Army Act, 1954.

The Supreme Court ruled that the Pakistani Army Act of 1952 was not sufficient to raise and maintain the structural requirements of an army in accordance with Article 243 (3) of the Constitution. It does not provide the basic elements needed to expand and support an army, in particular the allocation of commissions in the army and the terms of office of special officers, including terms of office and general conditions.

It further noted that the terms of service of the general grade determine the terms of office and other service conditions for COAS posts (except for salaries and allowances). The COAS salary and allowances are determined by the President in accordance with Article 243 (4) of the Constitution.

On November 28, the Supreme Court approved the conditional extension of the current General Qamar Javed Bajwa for six months as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and ordered the government to complete the required legislation within six months to expand / appoint the army chief. If the required legislation is not completed within the specified time, General Kalmar Javid Bawa will retire automatically.

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