Imran Khan raises concerns over appointment of new COAS

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan raised concerns over the appointment of a new army chief.

Addressing a rally in Fais­alabad, the former prime minister lashed out at the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), saying both parties were opposing snap elections, because they wanted to “appoint an army chief of their choice” in November to save their skin in corruption cases.

He said PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif were making all-out efforts to bring their “favourite” army chief after the retirement of the incumbent chief in November this year.

The new army chief should be chosen on merit, he said, adding Zardari and Sharif were “traitors” and should not be trusted with the fate of the country.

“They want to bring their own army chief…they are afraid that if a strong and patriotic army chief is appointed then he would ask them about the looted wealth,” Khan said, adding that the PPP and PML-N chiefs were sticking to the power because of the fear of accountability.

“They are sitting [in the government] because they want to bring in an army chief of their choice through joint efforts,” he added. Imran Khan said the army chief should be “appointed on merit…whoever is on the top of the merit list should be appointed” to head the institution.

Imran Khan further said the opposition leaders were afraid of holding snap elections because they know they will be wiped out from political arena when elections are held in the country.

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