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Stability after polls not appointment: Fawad

News Desk
Sunday, Nov 13, 2022

LAHORE: Former federal minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry has asserted that the general elections were more important than the appointment of new army chief, reported local media on Saturday.

Speaking to journalists in Lahore, the PTI leader said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) were making the process of the next army chief’s appointment “controversial”. He noted that appointments in institutions should be implemented in a constitutional manner, blaming the PMLN and PPP for making them controversial. He said it was necessary to “preserve and protect” the country’s institutions.

“We have a clear policy that we do not want bloodshed. Women and children also participate in our protest,” he said, adding that his party wants constitutional change in the country.

Fawad Chaudhry further said that political stability can only be witnessed after ‘free and fair’ elections and not after a new army chief is appointed.

Earlier in the day, former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan said he does not want to appoint Chief of Army Staff (COAS), reiterating that the army chief should be appointed on merit.