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PML-N gives green light to Army Act amendments

PML-N gives green light to Army Act amendments

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The government reached out to opposition parties for approval of amendments to the Army Act to seal loopholes regarding the extension of the Chief of Army Staff.

PML-N has already announced that they have no issues with the amendments made to the Army Act. The amendments include giving the Prime Minister the power to extend the tenure of the Chief of Army Staff for three years after making a recommendation to the president.

The PPP, despite expressing its reservations over attempts to “sidestep” the legislative process, has also consented to the changes.

However, the opposition parties are meant to announce their final decisions today. A meeting of a parliamentary committee comprising of lawmakers of both the ruling party and opposition parties will be held today on camera to discuss the amendment bill and reach a consensus on the matter. This matter is likely to be tabled in parliament.

PML-N’s Khawaja Asif has already said that his party is satisfied with the amendments adding, “There was nothing that the government was unable to satisfy us about.”

Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, who is part of a government committee formed to negotiate with the opposition on the amendments, described the talks as “positive and fruitful”. “We have yet to meet [JUI-F chief] Maulana Fazlur Rehman and a few other opposition leaders,” he said.

PTI MNA Amir Dogar was confident that the bill would be passed by both houses of the parliament on Friday.

According to sources, the government has proposed amending three sections of the Army Act.

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