Reactions from politicians and political parties started pouring in following the appointments of Lt Gen Syed Asim Munir as the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza as the next Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).
"The statement regarding the appointment of Chief of Staff has come to light and the PTI believes it is ready to take measures in the best interest of the nation’s security and stability of state institutions," the former ruling party's central media department said in a statement following the key appointments in the military.
It said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is of the view that events of the last eight months have caused a deep divide across the country and measures taken during this time have caused extensive damage to the country and its state institutions.
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"Human Rights in Pakistan have been grossly violated, journalists and media have been and continue to be subjected to torture and harassment; and Arshad Sharif, one of the leading journalists in the country, has been assassinated. The Imported government and the state, in pursuit of pushing the leader of the largest political party against the wall, has plunged the country into the worst form of political instability that has essentially sent the economy into a tailspin," it said.
"We hope that the new leadership of the armed forces of Pakistan will play its constitutional role so constitutional rights and democracy in the country are strengthened, and people’s rights to elect a new leadership through fresh elections would be recognised."
It said that the people of Pakistan expect the armed forces, while dealing with an array of external threats, would stay out of the politics of domestic affairs and that the rights of political parties would not be infringed.
"Free, fair and transparent early elections are the only solution to the prevailing crisis in the country and we believe that all individuals as well as institutions who feel the pain of the nation, must play their role in ensuring this democratic future," it added.
It also congratulated General Sahir Shamshad Mirza and General Syed Asim Munir for their appointments.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, taking to Twitter, congratulated Gen Asim Munir and Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza.
"My congratulations and best wishes to the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee-designate Lt General Sahir Shamshad Mirza and Chief of the Army Staff-designate Lt General Asim Munir on their appointment," he wrote.
My congratulations and best wishes to the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee-designate Lt. General Sahir Shamshad Mirza and Chief of the Army Staff-designate Lt. General Asim Munir on their appointment.
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) November 24, 2022
PTI leader Asad Umar, while congratulating General Asim Munir, hoped that his decision will be "in accordance with the aspirations of the nation".
جنرل عاصم منیر کو آرمی چیف کے عہدے پر تعیناتی پر مبارکباد. امید ہے ان کے فیصلے قوم کی امنگوں کے مطابق ہوں گے
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) November 24, 2022
Former interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed termed November 24 as the start of "victory days" of former prime minister Imran Khan, saying that the country will move towards early elections.
آج24نومبر سے عمران خان کی وکٹری ڈیزشروع ہیں اور ملک قبل از وقت الیکشن کی طرف جاے گا،فوج کا فیصلہ ہے کہ وہ سیاست سے دور رہے گی،نئے تعینات ہونے والےذمہ داران کو مبارکباد دیتا ہوںPDMکی سیاست دفن،الٹی گنتی شروع،ملک میں صاف اور شفاف الیکشن ہوں گے،کل3 بجے لال حویلی پریس کانفرنس کروں گا
— Sheikh Rashid Ahmed (@ShkhRasheed) November 24, 2022
"Army has decided to stay away from politics. I congratulate the newly-appointed officials," he wrote.
He further said that Pakistan Democratic Movement's (PDM) politics were now buried. "The countdown has begun. There will be free and fair elections in the country," he further said.
Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Senator Ishaq Dar praised PM Shehbaz’s decision for the appointment on "seniority-cum-merit bases".
In a tweet, the federal minister said the PM’s seniority-cum-merit based decision to appoint Gen Syed Asim Munir as Chief of Army Staff and Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee was praiseworthy.
Seniority-cum-merit based decision of the PM @cmshehbaz to appoint Gen Syed Asim Munir as Chief of Army Staff and Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee is praiseworthy.
Allah’s blessings for Pakistan and the new appointees.
— Ishaq Dar (@MIshaqDar50) November 24, 2022
He prayed for Allah’s blessings for Pakistan and the new appointees.
National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and his deputy Zahid Akram Durrani also felicitated the newly-appointed COAS and CJCSC.
The speaker and the deputy speaker congratulated the federal government for promoting the most capable and talented generals of the Pakistan Army on key posts after following the established procedure and merit.
They said both the promoted soldiers had already served on important positions in the army. They expressed the hope that Pakistan Army would emerge as a stronger and more active organisation than before under the new leadership.