Clash among institutions not in country's interest: PM.


ISLAMABAD -- Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday said that clash among state institutions was not in interest of the country.

Addressing the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)'s Core Committee that met a day after special court's judgement against former president Pervez Musharraf, the premier said government believed in supremacy of constitution and law, the official party sources said.

The premier further said state institutions should perform their responsibilities while remaining within their constitutional and legal limits.

He said government would help all institutions in fulfilment of their constitutional and legal responsibilities. He stressed that Armed Forces had given unprecedented sacrifices to ensure peace in the country and they had to solve all issues through unity. The prime minister also instructed party leaders and ministers not to issue statements on decisions of the special court and the Supreme Court.

Later, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, addressing a news conference after the meeting, said decision had yet to be taken that whether the government would first review decision of the Supreme Court on extension of chief of army staff's tenure or go to the parliament to make a legislation on it.

'The core committee of the PTI discussed apex court's decision (on COAS tenure extension) and decided that government's parliamentary and legal teams should take a final decision whether it will go for a review petition or make legislation on it,' she said.

She, however, made it clear that government would take on board all opposition parties and develop a consensus before making any legislation on extension of COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa's tenure. 'The division on this issue is not in interest of the country because an institution that guarantees the national security should not be made victim of politics.'

On November 28, the SC in a short order had said the parliament would determine the tenure, terms and conditions of service of the army chief through legislation.

The government's legal team including Babar Awan and Barrister Ali Zafar briefed the core committee on all legal aspects, prosecution weaknesses and gaps of the decision of the special court that handed death sentence to former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, the special assistant said. 'PM Imran Khan reiterated its resolve that PTI following its legacy would ensure rule of law as...

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