ISLAMABAD – As stated on Tuesday by individuals with knowledge of the situation, a development on the appointment of the Army Chief is anticipated within the next 24 hours.
Sources claim that the leaders of the main security organisations attended a meeting that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had with Defense Minister Khawaja Asif. During the meeting, SAPM Malik Ahmad Khan was also present.
Details indicate that the selection process for the new army leader has officially begun because General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the current COAS, is scheduled to retire on November 29.
Bilawal cautions the President of the repercussions if the appointment of the Army Chief is delayed.
Bilawal Bhutto, the Pakistan People’s Party chairman and minister of foreign affairs, had issued a warning to the President, saying that if he attempted to obstruct the selection of the new head of the Pakistan Army, he would pay a price.
According to the foreign minister, the prime minister of Pakistan has the authority to name a new army chief under the terms of the country’s constitution. Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), is allegedly attempting to disrupt the selection of the army commander, which would not be permitted, according to Bilawal Bhutto.
If Imran Khan is motivated by democracy, he should allow the procedure for the significant appointment run its course, according to Bilawal Bhutto.
The PML-N has no preference for the nomination of the army chief: Defense Secretary
In the meantime, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Asif claimed [last week] that the party has no preferred candidate for the position of army commander.
Later on Friday, however, Khawaja Asif claimed that the meeting between President Dr. Arif Alvi and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar resulted in a consensus.