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Yousaf Raza Gillani, Fazal back constitutional powers of PM to appoint COAS

JUI-F leader claims Imran is “irrelevant” in politics and that amendments to the law on trans rights are being made to close “loopholes.”

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, leader of the multi-party Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, stated that the Constitution will determine if an extension of the army chief’s tenure could be granted.

The Maulana made this statement on Monday at a press conference he co-hosted with Senator Yousuf Raza Gilani, vice chairman of the PPP, in Multan. Maulana Asadur Rehman, a federal minister and the son of Fazl, Bilal Butt, the president of the PML-N in Multan, and Khawaja Rizwan Alam, the senior vice president of the PPP in south Punjab, were also present.

The JUI-F chief stated that the Constitution’s provisions regarding the nomination of an army head were crucial, and it was up to the individual with the legal authority to grant an extension whether to do so or not. The government will adhere to the Constitution, which gave the prime minister the power to determine whether to extend or select a new army head.

His comments followed the former prime minister Imran Khan’s proposal a few weeks earlier to postpone the choice of the next general until the selection of the new army head, who is scheduled to be named in November following Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa’s retirement.
Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), should no longer be taken seriously, according to the Maulana, as he is no longer relevant. “The PTI is not worth consulting, thus we are making a big deal out of nothing,”
He added that the country was still reeling from the effects of Mr. Khan’s dismissal even though the ruling alliance had finally succeeded in eliminating him after a protracted battle. “People ought to band together and support the government in making Imran Khan answerable. He shouldn’t be treated with much respect,”

He added that Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah was prepared to manage a sit-in if Khan wanted to stage one. He remarked, “These PTI employees and leaders cannot endure any trials.

Maulana Fazl has declared his support for Ali Musa Gilani in the upcoming NA-157 Multan by-election, according to opposition leader in the Senate Mr. Gilani. He asserted that the PTI, which had been shown to be a “imported party” in the case involving unlawful finance, was accusing the current authorities of being a “imported government.” He continued, “People who accuse others of corruption should look into their own issues.”

As opposed to way this significant appointment was being discussed publicly now, Mr. Gilani claimed that during his time as prime minister, only he and former president Asif Ali Zardari were aware of the extension granted to the then-army chief Ashfaq Pervaiz Kiyani.

He called it a pointless exercise and questioned why Mr. Khan was trying to impose his will on the government about the appointment of the army chief. “Imran Khan shouldn’t have brought up the army chief’s extended service in public settings. The whole situation has been compounded by our opponents, he continued.

The PPP leader emphasised that a prime minister has full right to pick the army chief.

He claimed that the ruling coalition parties took action to prevent the country from defaulting in response to the strict requirements set by the International Monetary Fund to obtain a loan. He added that the administration has lowered the price of petroleum items and that soon, the masses would have relief in the electricity tariff. “The masses would have suffered if we had breached the deal that the former government struck with the Fund,” he stated.

The JUI-F leader also discussed the transgender rights law, claiming that it had a flaw for which they had proposed amending the law. He asserted that the transgender bill could be amended by parliament if it included any ambiguities and that social media was being exploited to spread misleading information about their attorney.

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