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Bajwa Extension: Opposition Extracts Cost for Support to Army Chief

Legal luminaries and key politicians allege that a deal with the opposition was made allowing speedy passage of the bills for extension of tenure of the service chiefs, the immediately affected being the Army, Chief General Bajwa.

Three bills — the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2020, the Pakistan Air Force (Amendment) Bill 2020 and the Pakistan Navy (Amendment) Bill 2020 — were passed by the Pakistan National Assembly and Senate post-haste. The opposition which has a majority in the Senate and a strong bench strength in the elected parliament did not even raise a whimper.

"Today, I salute all political parties and the role that they have played [in passing the bills in the National Assembly], especially the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). They [PPP] withdrew their proposed amendments to the bills in greater national interest and stood with the national cause," Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said after the bill was passed in the parliament as reported by the  Dawn.

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