Khawaja Asif says appointment of next army chief to be made within three days

 Khawaja Asif says appointment of next army chief to be made within three days


Khawaja Asif says appointment of next army chief to be made within three days

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Monday said that the process for the appointment of the next army chief will be completed in next one to three days.

Speaking on the floor of the House, he said the Ministry of Defense has received a formal letter from the Prime Minister, which has been communicated to the General Headquarters, to initiate the process for the appointment of the next army chief.

The minister urged the media to uphold the sanctity of the process and avoid making speculations in this regard.

Earlier, Khawaja said that the process to appoint the next army chief has formally started, but the summary for the appointment will be forwarded to the PM’s office in a day or two.

Asif said that the entire process will be completed by November 25, refuted reports of deadlock over the appointment, and stressed that government allies are being consulted at every level.

The senior minister said that there was no pressure on the government regarding the army chief’s appointment. Once we receive the summary, we will discuss the names, which will probably be five or six senior-most officers," Asif added.

Bilawal warns President of consequences if summary of Army Chief’s appointment blocked

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto warned that the President would face the consequences if he tried to stall the process of the appointment of the new chief of the Pakistan Army.

The Foreign Minister asserted that the constitution of Pakistan has conferred on the prime minister the right to appoint a new army chief. Bilawal Bhutto said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan wants to sabotage the process of the army chief’s appointment, which shall not happen.

Imran Khan should let the process of the important appointment complete if he has the motive of democracy, argued Bilawal Bhutto.

PML-N has no favorite name for army chief’s appointment: Defense Minister

Federal Minister for Defense Khawaja Asif last week said Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) has no favorite name for the army chief’s appointment.
However, later on Friday Khawaja Asif said that a consensus was reached in Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s meeting with President Dr Arif Alvi.

Have no issue with whoever is appointed as army chief: Imran Khan

Fomer Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supremo Imran Khan on Sunday said that he has no issue with whoever is appointed as the next army chief, and there will be a surprise for everyone on November 26.

Speaking to a delegation of journalists at his home in Zaman Park, the former premier said that "I know their [incumbent government] plans, but I am planning ahead."

He added that efforts are being made to conduct clean and transparent elections as soon as possible; there is no solution to the country’s problems except for snap polls.

The PTI chief said that messages have been sent to me through President Arif Alvi, adding that talks will take place only after the date given for early elections.

"The whole world is aware of their [incumbent rulers] corruption stories. Even after using the entire state machinery against me, they could not find anything except the watch, and I am going to court over the watch issue," He said.