Senior PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday said the President’s House would issue a statement between 6:30 to 7pm in the evening about the stance on the summary concerning the new army chief’s appointment.
He said the meeting between President Arif Alvi and PTI Chairman Imran Khan lasted for 45 minutes as they discussed various constitutional and legal aspects of the issue.
Everything would be according to the law and the constitution, said Fawad who made a brief statement before media at Zaman Park, Lahore, and left the place without answering any questions.
The president’s visit was 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.
Also on Thursday, the federal cabinet unanimously approved a summary under the Army Act concerning retaining Lt-Gen Asim Munir who was scheduled to retire on Nov 27.
Later in the day, Alvi reached Lahore to meet Imran to discuss the matter of promotions in military.
Senior party leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar and others also participated in the discussions 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 had 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.