Abbasi says only PM enjoys powers to appoint army chief

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday expressed his concerns over the delay in appointing the new army chief and said the reluctance in sending a much-anticipated summary for the coveted post was a “violation of the constitution”.

Only the prime minister had the authority to appoint the army chief, he said. However, PTI Chairman Imran Khan wanted to make the process controversial, said Abbasi who added that Imran was following the politics of anarchy and blackmailing.    

Abbasi was talking to a private TV channel and, separately, addressing a convention of party workers in Jhelum.

The former premier stressed that the concerned authorities should send the summary at the earliest so that the prime minister could decide on the matter swiftly. “Entire Pakistan is awaiting who will become the new army chief,” he added.

He also noted that it would not be appropriate if the name of an incompetent person was included in the summary of the army chief candidates.

The senior PML-N leader said the previous government led by Imran was responsible for the current state of affairs, which was a product of rigging.

Abbasi said the 2018 general elections were snatched through rigging and the country had been destroyed during the past four years. “We have taken tough decisions,” he told the PML-N workers.

He, however, claimed that the people’s mandate would not be allowed to be robbed. The PML-N was still the most popular political party which would win the 2023 elections.

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