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Pakistan PM to appoint next Army chief in November, says Defence Minister Asif

Pakistani Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif will appoint a new Army Chief of Staff (COAS) in November, according to Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

Kawaja reportedly released a statement at a press conference on Saturday.

“Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has fulfilled this political responsibility four times and Shebaz will do the same in November,” Khwaja told reporters.

The minister also pointed a gun at former prime minister Imran Khan, who has repeatedly said the government is delaying elections to elect an elite army chief.

“He just wants the appointment of the Secretary of War to be controversial.

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It should be noted that the current Secretary of War, Qamar Javed Bajwa, will retire on November 29 after a three-year extension expires. The appointment of Pakistan’s army chief is a big deal, as the army rules the coup-prone country from behind a curtain.

Although Islamabad has always had a democratic government, it is the army headquarters in Rawalpindi where important decisions are made and the executive branch is directed.

Most governments in Pakistan tend to have a Chief of War who directs their actions. So did Bajwa, who on several occasions undermined Imran Khan, the former prime minister.

But Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) emir tried to oppose Bajwa.

Since then, Imran has openly targeted the Sharif regime and never missed an opportunity to pursue Bajwa.

At a public rally in Faislabad earlier this month, as reported by WION, Imran said Sharif was about to appoint his pawn.

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At the time, Khawaja said, “Imran Khan made the wrong statement about the Chief of War at the rally. Many Chiefs of War were appointed in Pakistan. The dignity of some institutions is for the security of Pakistan, and Imran Khan should not play with the country,” he countered. for your own benefit. ”

Meanwhile, Islamabad High Court Chief Judge Athar Minallah accused Imran Khan of COAS-appointed remarks calling on Imran Khan’s consuls to hold themselves accountable while hearing a petition for censorship of Imran Khan’s speeches. .

(with input from institutions)

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