Islamabad: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has notified the General Headquarters (GHQ) that his ministry has received Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s letter about the nomination of the new chief of army staff.
“The process will take two to three days to complete. After the excitement subsides, we’ll deal with Imran Khan,” he told the National Assembly.
The minister said that the appointment process for the army chief and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff committee (CJCSC) had commenced earlier today.
Khawaja Asif, commenting on the news of the army chief’s nomination, stated, “False information was disseminated regarding the appointment of an institution’s leader. This institution has, in the past, had an extraconstitutional role. Today, the institution desires to fulfill its constitutionally mandated duties. Today, after seventy-five years, the institution desires to comply with the Constitution, which should not be impeded.
The minister criticized Imran Khan, the chairman of the PTI, for complaining about the partiality of state institutions, stating that these institutions had supported him for four years.
The minister stated at the time, “If Imran Khan, despite receiving support, was unable to accomplish anything for four years, he should not target these institutions.”
In reference to the Toshakhana case against the PTI leader, the defense minister stated that Khan used to sell the presents first and then donate the money earned via their sale to the government.
“Imran Khan’s ascension to power was 15 years in the making. This is a reprehensible tale. “Not only politicians but all those responsible inside the power structure were involved,” the minister stated during a session of parliament.