Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah on Monday said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif would appoint the new army chief on merit.
The process of appointment of a new army chief has been started and the prime minister would keep the merit in view, he said while talking to a private television channel. He alleged that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was trying to make the appointment of the army chief controversial.
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He claimed that Imran Khan was spreading anarchy in the country through a long march. The minister said that the PTI chairman was making all-out efforts to create a rift among the institutions. However, he would not succeed in his ‘designs’, he added.
To a question, he said the PML-N leaders would have deliberations about the return of party Quaid Nawaz Sharif to Pakistan. He assured that Nawaz Sharif would lead the campaign for winning next general election in Pakistan.
Talking about the PTI’s long match, Sanaullah said that the federal government had no plans to use force against the participants of the PTI long march as long as they remained peaceful and came unarmed.
He said Islamabad is no small thing but the capital of entire Pakistan adding that if the long march participants came with arms and they used them, then the federal security forces will use force to maintain law and order. Otherwise, the government has no plans to use force against the long march participants, he added.
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To a question, the interior minister said: “The long march is now the reeng (crawl) march and it exists as much as it is discussed in the media. I don’t think it’s worth discussing in the media now … it is no longer a threat. The thing that merits discussion now and is fraught with danger is Imran Khan himself.”