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President to meet Imran in Lahore, Asif wants Alvi to protect country from political conflicts

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  • Khawaja Asif says appointment also "test for President Arif Alvi.
  • Defence minister hopes President Alvi will not create controversy.
  • PM Shehbaz has sent summary for approval to the president.
As Defence Minister expects political maturity from the PTI leadership over the crucial military appointments, President Arif Alvi has arrived in Lahore to meet PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

In a tweet, Asif said: “The advice has gone to President Alvi. Now it’s Imran Khan's test whether he wants to strengthen the institution of the country's defence or make it controversial."

Asif's statement came after the PTI chief clearly stated that he would be consulted once the summary was received and that he would "play within the law".


However, President Alvi, an important member of PTI, had assured according to sources, that he would not create hurdles in the appointment of the new top military officials.

“This is also a test for President Alvi if he will follow political advice or constitutional and legal advice. As the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, it is his duty to protect the country from political conflicts," Asif added in his tweet today.


During a media talk in Islamabad following the federal cabinet meeting later, the defence minister said that all the matters had been settled in line with the Constitution.

The minister added that it was expected that President Alvi would approve the premier's advice.

Asif also told the media that a detailed press release regarding the development would be issued soon.

PM Shehbaz on Thursday picked Lieutenant General Asim Munir would become Pakistan's next army chief and Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).

Lt Gen Munir will replace incumbent Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who will retire on November 29, while Lt Gen Mirza is set to take charge from General Nadeem Raza.
 

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عارف علوی اور عمران خان کی ملاقات پر ایوان صدر سرکاری ہینڈ آؤٹ جاری کرے گا، فواد چوہدری​

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پاکستان تحریک انصاف (پی ٹی آئی) کے رہنما فواد چوہدری کا کہنا ہے کہ عارف علوی اور عمران خان کی ملاقات پر آج شام ایوان صدر سرکاری ہینڈ آؤٹ جاری کرے گا۔

زمان پارک لاہور میں میڈیا سے گفتگو کرتے ہوئے فواد چوہدری نے کہا کہ صدر مملکت عارف علوی سے عمران خان کی 45 منٹ تک ملاقات ہوئی۔

انہوں نے بتایا کہ عمران خان اور عارف علوی کی ملاقات پر تفصیلات جاری کی جائیں گی۔

رہنما تحریک انصاف کا کہنا تھا کہ سب کچھ آئین اور قانون کے مطابق ہوگا۔

واضح رہے کہ اس سے قبل صدر مملکت عارف علوی اور عمران خان کے درمیان ملاقات ہوئی، جس کے بعد عارف علوی عمران خان کی رہائش گاہ سے روانہ ہوگئے۔

ذرائع کے مطابق صدر مملکت عارف علوی آج شام ہی لاہور سے واپس اسلام آباد پہنچیں گے، صدر عارف علوی کا سیکیورٹی پروٹوکول جاری کردیا گیا۔

 

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Inside story: How did Alvi convince Imran on Lt Gen Asim Munir as COAS?

Sources said there was little to no opinion, resistance from the PTI chairman
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In a sequence of dramatic events where President Arif Alvi rushed off to consult with his ‘party’ chief over the summary sent by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for the appointment of the new joint chief and the new army chief, ended with a whimper after Alvi fulfilled his constitutional role and granted his seal of approval to the new appointments.
But what happened in Imran Khan’s Zaman Town mansion in Lahore that resulted in the culmination of the drama?
The matter piqued interest when former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan had on Wednesday hinted at spoiling the smooth appointment, stating that they would “play with it within the ambit of the law.”

The summary​

On Thursday, after he had received the advice from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for the appointment of Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza as the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) and Lieutenant General Asim Munir as the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), President Alvi flew to Lahore.
He held consultations with PTI Chairman Imran Khan at his mansion. The meeting lasted 45 minutes.
After the meeting, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry told the media that the new names recommended by the prime minister were discussed during the meeting as well. However, Chaudhry said that a handout will be issued by the President later in the evening after returning to Islamabad.
By 6pm, Arif Alvi had returned to the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad and shortly thereafter, news came that he had signed the summary.

The entire process thus, concluded hassle-free albeit a little late.

What happened in Lahore​

Alvi met with Imran for around 45 minutes. PTI leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, and Chaudhry Fawad Hussain were also part of the meeting.
According to SAMAA TV Investigative Unit, the meeting was spent with Alvi telling Imran Khan about the sensitivity of the issue and terming it as a matter of defense.
President Alvi asserted that he was not just the head of state, but also the Supreme Commander of the defense forces.
He advised the PTI chairman to refrain from politicking on this sensitive matter and that he could not procrastinate on signing the summary.
The president reiterated that he will act as per the law and Constitution and approve the advice.
“Do not stop me from signing the summary,” Alvi urged Imran, credible sources told SAMAA TV.
Former Foreign Minister and PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi also endorsed Alvi’s stance that it was a matter of national security and the party should refrain from politics.
Eventually, the PTI chief wilted and accepted the decision without expressing his opinion on the subject.
However, PTI official account quoted Imran Khan, “I and President Alvi will act as per the Constitution and Law of the land.”



 

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