After PTI leader Imran Khan made “poisonous claims” about the armed services and “placed blots on the nomination of the new army chief,” Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and other coalition leaders blasted him on Monday.
After Imran claimed the PPP and PML-N were against new elections because they wanted to “appoint an army commander of their choice” in November to save their skin in corruption charges at a rally in Faisalabad, these two parties have spoken out against holding elections in the coming months.
They want to bring their army leader, so they can. The former prime minister has stated that those involved are worried that a strong and patriotic army leader will question them about the stolen money.
Imran asserted, “They are sitting because they want to bring in an army chief of their choice through collaborative efforts,” adding that the army commander should be “selected on merit…whoever is at the top of the merit list should be appointed.”
The 2016 appointee, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, will step down at the end of November. The standard length of time for the position of army chief is three years, but after some political drama in 2019, Gen. Bajwa was awarded an additional three-year tenure.
PM Shehbaz tweeted today in response to the PTI chief’s views, calling Imran’s statements “despicable utterances to smear institutions.”
He went on to say that Imran’s “nefarious agenda” was designed to disrupt and undermine Pakistan’s armed forces and leadership by making “direct mud-slinging and poisonous claims.”
Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of the PPP, issued a post on Twitter in which he claimed that the identity of the individual responsible for spreading turmoil throughout the country has now been revealed. These days, it’s common knowledge who represents man and beast.
He accused that Imran was “bent to weaken the country” and pledged that the administration would not allow state institutions or generals to fall prey to Imran’s “thirst.”
Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of the PPP, said in a tweet that everyone in the country now knew who was making trouble. “Everyone today knows who the man and the beast are.
“This man wants to weaken the country, but we won’t let that happen,” he said, promising that the government wouldn’t let Imran’s “lust” get the best of state institutions and generals.