The Pakistani Supreme Court ruled on Thursday to grant a temporary extension to army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
"We leave this matter to parliament to make law regarding this," Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said.
Following the court's ruling, the government submitted an undertaking saying that the parliament would pass legislation within six months on the extension of the term.
The country's Prime Minister Imran Khan has turned to Twitter to comment on the court's decision.
For the record, 23 yrs ago we were the first Party to advocate an independent Judiciary and Rule of Law. In 2007, PTI was in the forefront of the Movement for Independence of the Judiciary & I was jailed for it.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) 28 ноября 2019 г.
Today must be a great disappointment to those who expected the country to be destabilised by a clash of institutions. That this did not happen must be of special disappointment to our external enemies & mafias within -— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) 28 ноября 2019 г.
The cabinet of Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has twice approved a three-year extension for the general, citing a worsening national security situation in the region over its rivalry with India.
A Pakistani army chief usually serves for three years, while only one general's term has been extended since the position was established in 1972.