Khawaja Asif says that there is no pressure on us regarding the appointment of Army Chief. No name has been decided yet.
Speaking to the media before leaving the Prime Minister House, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif has said that the consultation about the Army Chief and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee has started. The appointment process will be completed by November 25.
Defense Minister says that the summary has not yet been received by the Prime Minister House. There is no deadlock on the issue of placement.
He said that five to six names will come from the Ministry of Defence. Most senior five or six names will come up for appointment. New appointments will be made by taking the leadership of Pakistan Army into confidence.
Khawaja Asif further said that every step is discussed with the allies at every level. There is no doubt that this is big news. When the summary comes, the dossiers will come.
Important meeting at Prime Minister House
On the other hand, sources say that a meeting regarding the appointment of the new army chief was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on the issue of appointment of the new chief of the Pakistan Army and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.
Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Law Minister Sardar Ayaz Sadiq participated in the meeting.
Sources say that regarding the appointment of new chiefs of the Pakistan Army, the Prime Minister’s Office received a summary of the appointments of the new Army Chief and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, after which the Prime Minister started consultation on the appointment.
According to the sources, the Prime Minister will approve important appointments on Tuesday or Wednesday this week. There is likely to be a decisive consultation among all stakeholders on the appointment summary for key appointments.
The Prime Minister has completed his homework on the summary consisting of a panel of 5 to 6 officers of the Pakistan Army.