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PTI step back on the appointment of next army chief

PTI step back on the appointment of next army chief

LAHORE: Imran Khan, the leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), stated on Wednesday that the party has changed its position on the selection of the army commander. At his house in Lahore, the former premier made the remarks during a chat with leading media.

Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), wants to name an army chief “who will take care of his cases,” according to the PTI president. No army leader would ever rebel against the institution, the state, or the people, the former prime minister said.

Case against private media channel

Regarding the allegations in the Toshakhana case, the ousted prime minister stated that he would file a case against the relevant individuals in Dubai, London, and Pakistan after a businessman from Dubai claimed in an interview to a private TV channel that he had purchased some of the state’s gifts from Farah Gogi and Shahzad Akbar.

Toshakhana Case

Imran further claimed that the presents involved in the Toshakhana issue were purchased in Islamabad, adding that the government’s treasury held the receipts and dates, and that if the proof is produced, the case will be resolved.

When asked about relations with the US, the PTI chairman stated that he wanted good and improved relations rather than a battle.

Foreign Conspiracy

Army demands government to begin legal action against Imran’s accusations

Imran stressed that the “foreign conspiracy narrative” had misunderstood what he had said.

The former prime minister insisted throughout the discussion that the rule of law is essential for growth and that a country can only be considered “free” if it is put into practice.

PTI Negotiations to the Government

The PTI leader stated that the party has been approached for negotiations with the government but added that “we have urged them to declare the date of elections.”

The choice of the army chief will be the subject of talks after November 18 or 19, according to Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, who also made it clear that the PML-N had no “favorite” for the job.


The announcement from the defense minister comes a day after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif returned to Pakistan from an extended visit in London, where it is rumored that he had private discussions about the choice of the new COAS with the older Sharif and other dignitaries.

Since the military’s media arm, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), announced last week that Gen. Bajwa will retire on November 29 after serving as head for six years, the discussion around the choice of the new leader has heated up.



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