PM Shehbaz, Khawaja Asif discuss COAS appointment

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif called on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday to hold discussion over the matters pertaining to the appointment of next army chief.

According to Express News, Special Assistant to the PM Malik Ahmad Khan was also present during the meeting.

It is pertinent to note that Khawaja Asif held a meeting with the PM a day earlier as well, during which matters pertaining to mutual concerns were brought under discussion.

After the meeting, Khawaja Asif revealed to the media that it was a routine meet up where matters regarding national interest, as well as important appointments came under discussion.

On Monday, the defence minister revealed at the National Assembly that the General Headquarters (GHQ) has been informed that the ministry of defence has received Prime Minister Shehbaz’s letter in relation to the appointment of a new chief of army staff.

After meeting PM Shehbaz, Khawaja Asif revealed that despite the consultations and discussions, there are still a few technical aspects that are yet to be finalised.

The defense minister has said that matters pertaining to important appointments would be completed by November 25 to 26.

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