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Farogh Naseem resigns as law minister to represent govt in SC hearing on Bajwa’s extension

Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem has resigned from his position, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed confirmed in a news conference on Tuesday. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan has accepted Naseem s resignation which was tendered during a meeting of the federal cabinet today. According to Rasheed, Naseem has resigned because he will represent the government in a case regarding Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa s tenure extension in the Supreme Court tomorrow. He will be accompanied at the court by the attorney general of Pakistan. Naseem belongs to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a coalition partner of the ruling PTI. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar said Naseem has voluntarily resigned from his office because he could not represent the government in the case being a federal minister. He will now join the attorney general to clarify the government stance on the issue of Gen Bajwa s tenure extension. Once the assistance is completed, Naseem can also return to the cabinet subject to the prime minister s approval, Akbar said. The announcement comes hours after Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa suspended the government s notification of the army chief s tenure extension until the top court s hearing tomorrow. The chief justice observed that the summary and approval of army chief s extension is not correct. The court issued notices to the defence ministry, federal government and Gen Bajwa, who is due to retire on November 29 (Friday). On August 19, Prime Minister Imran had approved an extension in the tenure of Gen Bajwa for another three years. More to follow.


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