Khaqan Abbasi asks Imran Khan not to make army chief appointment controversial

Published: 06:22 PM, 13 Sep, 2022
Khaqan Abbasi asks Imran Khan not to make army chief appointment controversial
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Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday called upon PTI Chairman Imran Khan not to make the appointment of army chief controversial as this selection happens every three years in the Pak Army, reported 24NewsHD TV Channel.   

PML-N senior leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that appointment of the army chief will be made following the procedure of the constitution.

“I don’t know, under which constitution and law, Imran Khan is talking about the army chief’s extension. Imran Khan should stop the circus for his personal interest on the issue of the appointment of the Army Chief, he said adding that the army chief's appointment is meant to be for three years.

"Is Imran Khan, with his statement, saying that there is no lieutenant general eligible to lead the Pakistani army?" Abbasi asked.

It is pertinent that Imran Khan in an interview proposed to extend the tenure of General Qamar Javed Bajwa till the next elections. Imran Khan added that the appointment of an army chief should be deferred until the government is elected, which should then choose the new military chief.

Shahid Abbasi said Pakistan runs in accordance with the constitution and law and not on the wishes and aspirations of Imran Khan.

“I don't think there will be early elections, the government is making reforms and it should be given a fair chance to complete its tenure, he hinted.

The former prime minister predicted that PML-N supremo Mian Nawaz Sharif will be in the country during the next general election and he will lead the party from the front. It is very important for him to be here, he uttered.

To a question, he said Miftah Ismail can remain in the cabinet as an advisor but it is the prerogative of the Prime Minister to decide.

He disclosed that Pakistan will not get LNG for the next two years as our existing LNG contracts are due to expire. We have to do long-term LNG contracts, he added.

Awais Kiyani

Awais kiyani is our Senior Reporter at Islamabad bureau covering Prime Minister Office, political parties and energy sector.