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Defence Minister Khawaja Asif confirms upcoming amendments in Pakistan Army Act, links it with Supreme Court decision

On Wednesday, the government first denied any changes to the army act, but defence minister confirmed it, nilly-willy, after observing a flood of tweets and posts on social media networks.

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaj Asif confirmed that the government was making amendments in the Pakistan Army Act.

Through a tweet, he, nonetheless, said that the government was not considering any major change in the PAA, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has demanded review of some clauses of the act which will be completed in due course.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif attempted to downplay the debate on a proposal to amend the Pakistan army act ahead of the appointment of new army chief before Nov 29.

The amendments proposed in the Pakis­tan Army Act (PAA) 1952 are rel­a­ted to the army’s functioning, structure, command, and terms and conditions of service.

However, amendments to Sec­tion 176 are currently the centre of attention, especially the insertion of the words “ret­e­ntion” and “resignation” in sub-section 2(a) of the same clause.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif contended in a tweet that the proposed amendments package was required as per the Supreme Court verdict of 2019, which had called for legislating on the tenures of the services chiefs.

There is speculations on social media that the government either would retain General Bajwa or a Lt-General for his appointment as new army chief.

On Wednesday, the government first denied any changes to the army act, but defence minister confirmed it, nilly-willy, after observing a flood of tweets and posts on social media networks.

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