Federal Law Minister Farough Naseem resigns

Federal Law Minister Farough Naseem resigns

Islamabad (Web Desk): Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem on Tuesday resigned from his office, Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid confirmed.

Addressing a press conference along with Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar after an emergency meeting of the federal cabinet, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that Naseem had tendered his resignation during the cabinet meeting.

Sheikh Rashid said that Farogh Naseem will represent the government in Chief of Army (COAS) Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa's case in the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday.

"Prime Minister Imran Khan has accepted Naseem's resignation," the minister said.

Speaking on the occasion, PM’s Special Assistant Shahzad Akbar said that Farogh Naseem has resigned voluntarily.

"He will present himself before the court tomorrow with the attorney general and represent the government's stance on General Bajwa's extension," Shahzad added.

He said that Naseem had resigned as he could not argue the case as the federal law minister.

Akbar said that Naseem could once again take up the mantle of federal minister of law once the case ended.

Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood said that a lot of issues came under discussion during the cabinet meeting including the observation of the top court regarding General Bajwa's extension.

He said that Article 243 of the constitution gave the prime minister the right to make decisions like extending the tenure of the army chief.

"Before making this decision, it was kept in mind that the region is witnessing extraordinary circumstances," he said. "The notification was issued with the prime minister's signature on August 19."

The minister said that former army chief General (r) Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani was also given an extension by using Army Regulation 255.

He said that the SC had observed during a hearing today that the word extension was not included in Army Regulation 255. He said that the cabinet had amended Army Regulation 255.

Shafqat said that the prime minister had taken the decision owing to General Bajwa's achievements in securing peace from Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad till present.

He said that the situation in occupied Kashmir and at the Line of Control (LoC) was extraordinary.

"It was the first time that India attacked Pakistan after the 1971 war," the minister said.

Earlier on Tuesday, The SC suspended a notification granting a three extension in the tenure ofCOAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Mazhar Alam and Justice Mansoor Ali Shah heard a petition challenging the extension in the tenure of army chief.

COAS General Bajwa, who was set to retire on November 29 this year upon completion of his three-year term, would serve on the post till November 2022 after Prime Minister Imran Khan extended his tenure citing “regional security environment.”
The court adjourned the hearing till Wednesday.