Pakistan

Shujaat warns against making COAS appointment controversial


Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) head and former prime minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said that the army chief is the guarantor of national security, hence his appointment should not be made controversial.

“The spirit of tolerance and tolerance is weakening in the country as most politicians have engaged in politics of accusation,” the PML-Q chief said in a statement on Tuesday.

Chaudhry Shujaat said that the army and the judiciary are the important national institutions and added that the army chief is the guarantor of the security of Pakistan.

“After becoming the army chief, he [COAS] is not the protector of any family, tribe or region but the entire country,” he added.

The PML-Q chief said all claims regarding the army chief appointment will fall flat as the decision regarding the nomination for powerful post will be based on military’s input.

He further added that the post of chief justice of Pakistan is highly respected and he should not be dragged into political affairs.

Also read: Govt seeks to quell speculation on next COAS selection

The debate over the appointment of the new chief has intensified since the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the military, confirmed last week that Gen Bajwa would doff off his uniform on November 29 at the completion of six-year tenure.

The debate is also linked to the current political stalemate stemming from former prime minister Imran Khan’s long march. Political observers are of the view that one of the objectives of Imran’s long march is to influence the army chief’s appointment though he has denied such claims.

However, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman has questioned the legitimacy of the current prime minister to appoint the army chief. He has been consistently saying that merit should be followed in such key appointments, while questioning how an absconder would be allowed to make the decision.


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