Govt files review plea in COAS extension case.


ISLAMABAD -- The government on Thursday filed a review petition in the Supreme Court, asking the apex court to form a larger bench to reconsider its decision in the army chief extension as the ruling contained 'legal and constitutional flaws'. This development comes a month after the SC granted the government six months to legislate on the matter if it wanted Gen Bajwa to continue as the chief of the army staff. The petitioners, including the army chief and the prime minister, reportedly requested the court for a larger bench and sought in-camera hearing of the case as well. Speaking to the media earlier in the day, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the government's legal team reviewed all aspects of the court's decision thoroughly and concluded that there were several

'legal gaps in the verdict'. 'There are flaws in the verdict, and legal and constitutional faults surfaced in the decision. With due respect to the judiciary, the government wants rectification of the faults and hasthus decided to file the review petition. The review petition is being filed ultimately in the higher public interest,' she added. The PM aide also said that despite the review petition, the option to legislate on the matter through the parliament would remain intact. She further said that the media would be briefed on the matter extensively by Law Minister Farogh Naseem. Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed said that all political parties were on the same page regarding the extension in the tenure of the army chief.

Addressing the media in Karachi, he said, 'The army chief's issue is...

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