Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said on Saturday that the Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif Will appoint a new army chief in time in November.
Asif’s statement came a few days after the former prime minister Imran Khan Demanded that the next Chief of Army Staff should be appointed by the new government after the elections.
“Nawaz Sharif has fulfilled this political responsibility four times and Shahbaz will do the same in November,” Asif said in response to a question while addressing a press conference.
He said the policy regarding the appointment of the Army Chief is clear in the Constitution but Khan was trying to make it controversial.
“He just wants to make the appointment of the army chief controversial,” he said, adding that no one has any doubts about the army chief’s loyalty to the Constitution and institutions.
“Politics is different but institutions should not be made controversial,” the minister said.
Khan said in an interview that the current army chief is not competent enough to be appointed and the issue should be left to the next government.
He also demanded fresh elections.
The current army chief is due to retire by the end of November after completing two terms, every three years, and his successor will be chosen by the prime minister from among senior serving lieutenant generals.
The appointment generates a lot of interest and heat because of the power enjoyed by the Army Chief in Pakistan.
Speaking about the recent statements of different people against the national security of the country, Asif warned that action would be taken against them.
He also alleged that Imran Khan would not hesitate to sabotage Pakistan for his personal gains.