PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Thursday said President Arif Alvi would discuss the upcoming Test match between Pakistan and England in Rawalpindi with Imran Khan.
He was commenting on the news that Alvi is reaching Lahore to meet Imran and deliberate upon the summary concerning the promotion of Lt-Gen Asim Munir and Lt-Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza.
The visit is a result of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s decision earlier in day to select Lt-Gen Asim as the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Lt-Gen Sahir as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. As a consequence, a summary has been sent to the President’s House for Alvi’s formal signature.
Meanwhile, Alvi has reached Lahore to meet Imran at his Zaman Park residence with the visit planned to discuss the matter of promotions in military.
Senior party leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar and others are also participating in the meeting as the PTI tries to finalise their stance. There is a difference of opinion as some leaders calling for accept the government decision while others suggesting an opposite course of action.
On Wednesday, Imran said 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.
It is important to note that Imran, when he was the prime minister, had removed Lt-Asim Munir from the position of ISI chief after he reportedly informed him about the alleged corruption of his [Imran’s] family members.
That is the reason why Khawaja Asif on Thursday said the advice was sent to the president. “Now it is test for Imran Khan whether he strengthens the institution responsible for the country’s defence or controversial,” he noted.
Khawaja Asif added that it was also a trial for the president if he would follow the political advice or the legal and constitutional one. Being the military’s supreme commander, it was his duty to protect the institution from political disputes.