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Bilawal doubts legislation on army chief’s tenure within six months

MUZAFFARABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday cast doubt on the federal government’s ability to legislate on the army chief’s extension within six months
The Supreme court allowed the government conditional permission to extend Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure by six months, provided that it legislates on the matter during the given time period.

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Addressing the party’s 52nd Foundation Day, Bilawal questioned how the government would be able to legislate on such an important matter when it was not able to pass any laws during its first year in power.


“The entire government, its ministers and the prime minister could not draft a single notification in three months. Now the matter of the army chief’s extension will be brought to the parliament.”
“Those who have not able to get even a single law passed during their one year … how will they be able to create consensus on such an important piece of legislation within six months?” he asked.

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Bilawal criticised the government on a variety of issues, ranging from inflation to targeting of opposition parties and suppression of media.
He credited former president Asif Ali Zardari for initiating the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and warned the government that his party would not allow them to make the project controversial.



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