Summary for Nomination of Army Chief
Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), asserted that President Dr. Arif Alvi will “certainly” consult him as soon as the summary for the nomination of the next army chief arrives at his office.
“The summary for the nomination of the army chief will be discussed with me by President Dr. Arif Alvi, who will make a decision in accordance with the law and the Constitution. I am the leader of the party that Dr. Alvi is a member of,” he said.
Mr. Khan’s remarks follow those of several government officials who claimed that the president should fulfil his constitutional obligations rather than obstruct the process and that only the prime minister has the constitutional authority to name the army chief without any requirement for consultation.
Imran’s Long March Plans
In response to a query on plans for a sit-in in the garrison city, Mr. Khan said he would like to maintain the “suspense and announce my next plan when addressing the masses on Saturday.” The PTI is slated to start its long march from Rawalpindi on Nov. 26.
Speaking to a small group of media on Wednesday at his Zaman Park mansion, the PTI leader asserted that the involvement of “convict” PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif in the process and his input into a national security subject has already impacted the new army chief’s impartiality.
Drive the PTI to Brink
“Nawaz Sharif would have demanded guarantees from whoever they want to nominate that he will drive the PTI to the brink and make sure all cases against him are dropped.”
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He claimed that he had continuously advocated for the nomination of the army commander based on merit and had made it clear that PTI would not seek judicial review of the appointment.
Reaction To Bajwa’s Statement
In response to a question, the PTI chairman rejected Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa’s assertion that there was a “false narrative” surrounding the plot to overthrow the government and claimed that the cypher had been presented to the National Security Committee when he was still the prime minister and later discussed by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif at another meeting of the committee.
The NSC acknowledged that the document’s tone was “threatening” and that a plot had been hatched, as did Asad Majeed Khan, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US.
Decision to Demarcate the US Ambassador
He claimed that the NSC then made the decision to demarcate the US ambassador to this city of Islamabad.
He added that President Alvi had also written a letter about the cypher to Pakistan’s chief justice, but that nothing had changed.