PM Shehbaz Sharif violated secrecy by consulting 'fugitive' Nawaz, says Imran Khan `on Pak army chief appointment
He leveled the allegation while addressing the long march from his Lahore residence, The News International newspaper reported. Khan claimed that Shehbaz violated the country's Official Secrecy Act by consulting his elder brother, Nawaz Sharif on the new COAS appointment.
Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan called out incumbent PM Shehbaz Sharif for consulting Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo and elder brother Nawaz Sharif regarding the appointment of the new chief of army staff (COAS). He leveled the allegation while addressing the long march from his Lahore residence, The News International newspaper reported. Khan claimed that Shehbaz violated the country's Official Secrecy Act by consulting his elder brother Nawaz Sharif on the new COAS appointment.
"How can the PM consult a fugitive [Nawaz] on a chief of army staff's appointment," he was quoted as saying by The News International while referring to Shehbaz's recent visit to London. "It is impossible to imagine that a convicted and fugitive person will now take important decisions in Pakistan," he said adding that the court of law would be moved against violation of the Secrecy Act. As the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) continues to engage in a showdown with all quarters of the country's establishment, party chief Imran Khan earlier said that it does not matter to him who becomes the next army chief of the country after the retirement of General Qamar Javed Bajwa later this month, if the decision is taken on merit.
In an exclusive conversation with Dawn, the former Pakistan PM said all was going well between him and the establishment until his government failed to convict those he accused of corruption and his party refused to appoint their preferred choice of Punjab chief minister. "The army chief wanted me to have Aleem Khan [as CM Punjab] and I wouldn't. Because not only were there NAB cases against him, he had occupied and sold land worth millions belonging to the government," he claimed.
The cricketer-turned-politician said he wished to bring rule of law in the country with the help of the all-powerful army. Khan said doesn't know the internal politics of the army but their relationship was going well. "Later, I discovered there was a big issue going on about the next army chief. I had never ever thought about who the army chief would be in November -- why would I care, if it's on merit? It should be the best person. It matters to the Sharifs and Zardari... but not to me," the PTI chief said in the Dawn interview.
70-year-old Khan has been embroiled in a political tussle with the coalition government since his ouster in April. His war of words with the country's establishment has only gotten worse, following the assassination attempt on him this month. On Sunday, Pakistan President Arif Alvi, who belongs to Imran's party, talked about his 'backdoor' efforts to reach out to all political players as well as the powers that be to find a workable solution.
"Backdoor talks are underway with the institutions that matter to sort out the differences (among the players). If the talks succeed, they will be in the public domain. I am playing the role of a mediator as the supreme commander of the armed forces, but I am not a broker," he was quoted as saying by Dawn. Alvi also added that he was also playing his role in defusing tensions between the institution and party chief Imran Khan. (ANI)
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