ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force Act Amendment Bills 2020 were approved in the National Assembly by a majority vote.
An important meeting of the House chaired by Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser was held in which Prime Minister Imran Khan also participated in the meeting.
Separate bills were introduced in the lower house for amendments to the Pak Army Act 1952, the Pak Air Force 1953 and the Pakistan Navy Act 1961.
The amended bills were named Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2020, Pakistan Navy (Amendment) Bill 2020 and Pakistan Air Force (Amendment) Bill 2020.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Defense of the National Assembly, Amjad Ali Khan presented the report of the Standing Committee on Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill.
At the beginning of the meeting, Defense Minister Pervez Khattak requested the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to withdraw the proposals they had given so that a consensus could be reached on the amendment bills on which the PPP would withdraw its recommendations.
However, members of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F), Jamaat-e-Islami and the tribal districts walked out of the assembly and record their protest against the bill.
The National Assembly session was adjourned until 4 pm (January 8).
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was supposed to retire on November 29, 2019, but Prime Minister Imran Khan extended his job for three years, which was challenged by Riaz Hanif Rahi in the Supreme Court.
After hearing the aforesaid petition, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan had directed the federal government to make necessary legislation in this regard, allowing for a six-month extension in the tenure of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.