KARACHI, Pakistan

The parliament is likely to pass a much-awaited legislation on Friday to validate a three-year extension in the term of the country’s powerful army chief, local media reported.

Opposition parties, including the embattled Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, in a rare show of cooperation on Thursday voiced support for the legislation.

Prime Minister Imran Khan in August last year extended Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa’s term for another three years.

However, the country’s top court in November suspended Khan’s order and allowed the government to grant only a six-month extension to the army chief.

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