Seemingly opening a new Pandora’s box, PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday said President Arif Alvi would make a decision on the much-awaited appointment in military after consulting him.
Imran said he was in touch with the president about the summary, as many have feared that the president may withhold or return the document back to the Prime Minister’s Office.
He made these remarks during an interview with the ARY News. “Won’t my party’s president contact me?” Imran questioned.
“I do not trust the intentions of Nawaz Sharif,” he said and added that the PML-N supremo wanted to bring such an army chief who would end his [Imran’s] politics as well as that of the PTI.
Imran, however, in the same interview took a contradictory position, saying he had no interest in who would be the new army chief as claimed that he neither had to withdraw corruption cases nor wanted to win elections. Anyone on merit should be promoted to the slot, he added.
This stance comes days after the president said that he would sign the summary for the appointment of new army chief as he did not have the powers to withhold or send it back.
He told his close aides that he as a president did not have the authority to act against the prime minister’s advice on the issue, which would be executed in letter and spirit. He never hindrance in the state affairs, he added.
Imran’s stance comes after Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday evening blasted the PTI chairman without naming him.
He said a fake narrative was orchestrated and spread to create instability and confusion in the country. The no-confidence motion was constitutional process which should have been welcomed but instead the army was targeted over the issue, he said.
The army chief mentioned that a “false narrative was created”, from which “an escape is now being attempted”, as called for promoting a democratic culture in Pakistan.
Addressing a ceremony at GHQ Rawalpindi in connection with the on the Defence and Martyrs Day, he said military’s role in politics was unconstitutional and added that the army had decided last year that they would not get involved in politics.
Gen Bajwa assured the people that the army was following the decision and would continue doing so in the future. Those thinking about dividing the nation and army would not succeed, he made it clear during his speech.
The army chief said that armies around the world were seldom criticised “but our army is often subjected to criticism”.
“I think reason for that is the army’s involvement in politics. That is why in February last year , that the army decided to not interfere in politics,”
Shun the attitude of “I don’t accept”, he stressed and said it was impossible the army would remain silent amid any foreign conspiracy against the country. “In fact, it is big sin.”