Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari called the rumours, discussion, and speculation surrounding the upcoming appointment of the chief of army staff “unfortunate,” and he issued a warning that the country’s fixation on this position would not support the stability of our democracy or the development of the country.
Mr. Bhutto-Zardari was quite forthright in his comments to reporters after attending a ceremony at the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) Ojha Campus. He even criticised members of the ruling coalition who were constantly bringing up the army chief’s appointment in public and on national media.
In response to a query regarding recent comments made by the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, regarding Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s “consultation” over the selection of the new chief, he said, “It’s so unfortunate that for a quite long time, this appointment of COAS is being discussed.”
“On this issue, we are seeing completely unneeded politics. We shouldn’t do this, whether these individuals are members of the ruling party or the opposition. We should continue to put our country’s interests first. Let me stress that unless our politics go beyond this topic, neither our democracy nor our country will strengthen. Imran Khan’s politics basically centre around this problem [the COAS appointment].
He emphasised that any choice made along these lines would demonstrate the government’s commitment to upholding the Constitution.
The foreign minister had earlier served as the principal guest at the opening of the 11th iteration of the IDEAS Defence Expo 2022 in Karachi. Mr. Bhutto-Zardari demonstrated the government’s commitment to engage in “serious discussion” for “peace and tranquilly in the region” in his inauguration speech. He didn’t mention any specific nations, but it was assumed that he might have been talking about India.
Being a responsible state, Pakistan is dedicated to upholding international peace, stability, and order, the official stated.