After the passage of the Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force Act Amendment Bills 2020 in the National Assembly, the bills will be introduced in the Senate while the Senate’s defence committee approved it.
The Senate Standing Committee meeting on Defense was chaired by Senator Walid Iqbal at Parliament House, where Defense Minister Pervez Khattak, Lawyer Barrister Farogh Naseem, Secretary Defense Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Sherry Rehman, Dilawar Khan, Pakistan PML-N senators Mushahid Hussain Syed and Sajjad Hussain Turi were present.
Mir Kabir of the National Party, Jamaat-e-Islami Senator Mushtaq Ahmed and JUI-F Senator Talha Mehmood did not attend the meeting of Senate Committee.
All three bills were unanimously approved at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Defense after reviewing amendments to the term of the three armed forces.
Defense Minister Pervez Khattak while talking to the meeting said that the Senate Standing Committee on Defense unanimously approved the bill and no amendment was presented by any party.
He said the bill would be approved by the Senate tomorrow.
PPP Senator Rehman Malik said on the occasion that the PPP has withdrawn its amendments but has taken up some issues and pointed out the mistakes in the book.
The Chairman Senate referred the amended bills to Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2020, Pakistan Navy (Amendment) Bill 2020 and Pakistan Air Force (Amendment) Bill 2020 to the Senate Standing Committee on Defense.
After approval by the Senate Standing Committee on Defense, the proposed amendment bills will be voted on in the Senate.
Earlier, the keynote meeting of the National Assembly was chaired by Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, where the Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force Act Amendment Bills 2020 were approved by majority vote.
What are the amendments done in the Army Act?
The legislation, titled the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Act 2020, will result in the retirement of the heads of the three Armed Forces and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee to 64 years.
In addition to this, the Prime Minister will have the privilege of extending his term of office after serving up to 60 years in the future, which will be finalized by the President.
According to the rules and regulations of this Act, the minimum retirement age of a general and the minimum age of employment shall not apply during the deployment, reappointment and extension of the Chief of Army Staff, and the maximum age will be 64 years.
In this regard, the official said that amendments to the Army Act could not be challenged in any court of law.
It should be noted that on November 28, 2019, the Supreme Court had ruled that Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa would be the head of the Pak army for the next 6 months, during which the government should legislate on the extension and deployment of the army chief through parliament.