ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry slammed the statements made by the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf’s Chief Whip, Amir Dogar who had claimed that the Prime Minister had asserted the authority of his office with the army chief in regards to the appointment of the Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
In a television talk show, Fawad Chaudhry said: “I don’t know from where Dogar sab has invented this but there’s nothing like that”.
Amir Dogar also serves as the SAPM on Political Affairs and had claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan wanted to retain Lt Gen Faiz Hameed as DG ISI for some more time considering the situation in Afghanistan.
However, Fawad Chaudhry has slammed the statements by his own party’s chief whip, signalling that there is disunity within the PTI regarding the latest civil-military crisis.
ISPR had earlier issued a press release stating that Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum had been appointed as the new DG ISI, however, the Prime Minister’s Office issued no such notification, resulting in a dead lock.
Fawad Chaudhry has claimed on 13 October that the consultative process regarding the appointment of the DG ISI has been completed.
The conflict between the civilian and military leadership on the appointment of the DG ISI has laid bare the “same page” doctrine which claimed that the PM and Army Chief were on the same page in regards to major decisions.
In a press conference yesterday, Fawad Chaudhry had clearly stated that the authority to appoint the new DG ISI rested with the PM.