A petition had been filed in the IHC challenging the extension granted to Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.— File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Monday dismissed a petition submitted against the extension of Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s service terming it as 'non-maintainable', DawnNews reported.

A single member bench comprising of Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court, Justice Iqbal Hameed-Ur-Rehman heard the case pertaining to a petition filed against the extension of army chief’s service.

During the hearing Justice Hameed said in his remarks that according to the Army Service Act matters related to the armed forces services cannot be taken up by High Court.

The court while announcing its judgement  dismissed the petition terming it as non-maintainable.

A petition had been filed in the IHC by Col (retd) Inamur Rahim, challenging the extension granted to Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

The petitioner said the ex-servicemen society, which represented hundreds of thousands of retired military men, had been expressing serious concern over extension given to uniformed people because it would adversely affect the entire fibre of command – a hallmark of any disciplined force.

He further said the extension of Gen Kayani was granted by the authority concerned in a mechanical manner. While granting a tenure extension of three years nobody bothered that it would surpass the age of superannuation (60 years) on April 20, 2012. As per the army list, the date of birth of Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is April 20, 1952, and under the Army Act nobody is permitted to remain in uniform after attaining the age of 60.