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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Khawaja Asif rejects reports of consultation on COAS appointment

The nomination of the army chief, according to defence minister Khawaja Asif, will be at the prime minister's discretion.

On Monday, Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Asif denied claims that Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had met in London to discuss the nomination of the army chief. He added that no such meeting had taken place.

In response to the previous day’s address, Khawaja told reporters outside the Lower House that Imran Khan had modified his position on the American plot, adding that it would still be referred to as such. He enquired as to whether this was Khan’s first denial of something.

“He denies everything. In the past four years, he has talked so much. Has he stood by any of his statements?” he took a dig at the PTI chief.

Khawaja said that “Imran Khan said yesterday that the FIR of my murder was not registered, this man does not know what he is talking about if some people are willing to believe his words. If so, it is their matter.”

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Khawaja responded when asked if a decision had been reached about the appointment of the army chief. “The appointment of the army leader has not yet been consulted. These are merely news articles.”

In response to a different query on Nawaz Sharif’s involvement in the appointment, Khawaja Asif stated that it would be at the “premier’s discretion” and that he would make the decision. He continued when asked if Nawaz Sharif had not been consulted about the situation.