Govt, judiciary and army: It is a healthy debate

Notification seeking chief of army staff extension was rejected by Supreme Court of Pakistan for almost unknown reasons. In the beginning, things were quite intricate to comprehend as media persons were clueless as to who took up the case and how it was raised. It had been repeatedly said that the apex body of law took suo motu action, but later it was clarified that a plea was submitted in the court to stop the COAS extension notice which had been issued on August this year.

This indeed is among some of the very special moments in the history of Pakistan when a very strong institution considered a matter related to another key institution. Summary submitted by the federal government in Supreme Court proved flawed.


Coming closer, asking questions, presenting answers, finding legal lacuna in system etc. is quite an encouraging practice. This really will boost up the standard of democracy in Pakistan and ultimately everyone – executive, judiciary, legislative – will emerge as winner.


Extension on one side, reality is healthy debate has kicked started in the country which will help in setting examples for the time to come.

The problems which have been risen at the moment will fade away in the future, but this will only happen if constitution is amended after keen observation. And when legal touch to the issue at hand will be added. Coming closer, asking questions, presenting answers, finding legal lacuna in system etc. is quite an encouraging practice. This really will boost up the standard of democracy in Pakistan and ultimately everyone – executive, judiciary, legislative – will emerge as winner.

Legal experts including Saad Rasool opined that laws related to extension of army chief do not exist at all. But the current debate would benefit future course of action.

Successful nations learn from their mistakes. Constitutional developments – which are part of a strong democratic system – in  a country are result of ceaseless debate and healthy legal battles. In conclusion, it will be justified to say that state’s institutions must support each other in defining roles specified in constitution, and if there is any lacuna in system, it should be handled through proper and peaceful settlement. Every institute is prime for Pakistan. Matters should be solved through debates and that is what is happening in my country.

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