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LONDON: After crucial meetings between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif in London, it was decided Friday to appoint the military’s senior-most officer as the next army chief, Geo News reported.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the PML-N leadership, with party supremo Nawaz Sharif, vice president Maryam Nawaz, and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in presence.

COAS Bajwa is set to retire on November 29 and the PML-N — the major stakeholder in the ruling coalition — has resolved to appoint the senior-most officer whose name is at the top in the list that would be sent to the government.

Following his fourth and two-hours-long meeting with Nawaz, PM Shehbaz told journalists that the army chief's appointment is a constitutional matter and would decide in line with the constitution.

Apart from the crucial matter of the army chief's appointment, the high-level huddle took important decisions in London and the PML-N will later take the coalition partners into confidence over them.

PM Shahbaz is now returning to Pakistan, following the meetings. He had arrived in the British capital after concluding his two-day visit to Egypt, where he attended the COP27 summit.

In an interview on Geo News' programme "Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath", PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira — whose party also holds an important position in the ruling alliance — said merit would determine who becomes the next army chief.

"The [government] will appoint the next army chief from among the top-five senior generals," Kaira said and mentioned that PM Shehbaz would return to Pakistan and deliberate over the matter with the government leadership and PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Lashing out at PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Kaira said the person against whom Khan has reservations was the same man with whom he spent four years in power.

Meanwhile, Khan has also reiterated his stance on appointing the army chief on "merit" and criticised PM Shehbaz for consulting Nawaz for making this decision.

During his address to participants of his party's long march in Gujrat via video link, Khan said: "Whoever fits the merit, should be appointed the army chief."

“Nawaz Sharif always brings up the man who is beneficial for him,” Khan said referring to the appointment’s decision.

PTI's long march spectacle​

The PTI chief is holding a long march towards Islamabad and has constantly called on the government to step down, alleging that it had come into power through a US-backed conspiracy.

Among his demands, Khan has also been vocal about holding snap elections in the country, but the government has maintained that the polls will take place on time.

During the London meetings, PM Shahbaz and PML-N supremo Nawaz also resolved not to come under PTI’s pressure, especially on its key demand of early elections, sources told Geo News.

Nawaz told Shahbaz to “continue doing his best to take Pakistan out of the economic crisis” and “not succumb to any kind of pressure”.

The brothers resolved that the elections would be held on time and PTI chief's planned march to Islamabad would be dealt with legally, shared the source.
 

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How shameful it is for Pakistan Army as an institution that its top brass brought a money launderer to power who goes to London to meet his convicted brother to decide about Army chief.

Pakistan Army needs introspection after this regime change fiasco. It needs to look into why its top brass is a facilitator of the thieves and why its Major General was involved in the murder attempt on most popular leader of the country.
 

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How shameful it is for Pakistan Army as an institution that its top brass brought a money launderer to power who goes to London to meet his convicted brother to decide about Army chief.

Pakistan Army needs introspection after this regime change fiasco. It needs to look into why its top brass is a facilitator of the thieves and why its Major General was involved in the murder attempt on most popular leader of the country.
You might as well tell Pakistanis to forgo biryani - they would sooner do that than introspection
 

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3 Senior-Most Generals To Be Recommended By GHQ For Appointment As Next Army Chief

The top generals have decided to adhere with their constitutional role and not take sides in the current political crisis



3 Senior-Most Generals To Be Recommended By GHQ For Appointment As Next Army Chief


A consensus has evolved among the army leadership to recommend names of three senior-most generals, instead of five, to the prime minister for the appointment of the next army chief
Two days ago, an extraordinary meeting of three-star generals took place. The meeting included the Corps Commanders as well. In this meeting, the senior generals other than their internal matters deliberated over the priority issues of the country. The military commanders arrived at a consensus to take firm action on those extraordinary issues.
During an interview at Naya Daur TV’s programme ‘Khabar Say Agay,’ editor-in-chief of TFT Najam Sethi opined that 90 percent of the commanders opposed the option of martial law should things get out of hand during the ongoing Long March led by former PM Imran Khan. He said some of the meeting participants raised the possibility of martial law, but only few agreed, while all others vehemently opposed the unconstitutional decision.
Najam Sethi added that General Qamar Javed Bajwa reiterated that he was not interested in an extension.
According to Sethi’s well-informed chirya (sparrow), it was decided in the meeting that the army leadership would send the names of the three senior-most generals to the prime minister for the appointment of the next Army chief. And these names will be dispatched after the 18th of November because one senior general will get his retirement on the 18th of November.
Commenting on the deliberations of the meeting, Najam Sethi said that the military leadership affirmed their commitment to support the incumbent government in case of any unlikely situation that may unfold during the PTI’s Long March. The top generals also committed to adhering to their constitutional role: and not taking sides in the current political crisis.
On the recent meeting between PM Shehbaz Sharif and his brother Nawaz Sharif, Sethi said that PM might have discussed the option of extending General Bajwa’s tenure, whereby he could stay till May or June after fresh elections. But in Sethi’s opinion, Nawaz sharif would have rejected the proposal because, like in the past, the elder Sharif was not amenable to ‘dictation’. This time from his rival Imran Khan.
Najam Sethi opined that Nawaz Sharif’s stance is straightforward: stick to the government as long as you can and try to deliver; otherwise, going to the elections would result in a heavy political price for his party. Former PM Nawaz Sharif, according to Sethi, would have advised PM Shehbaz to hold his ground despite all threats until the unexpected and unconstitutional happens. Nawaz Sharif thinks it would be a suicidal political choice to leave the government in present circumstances.
While commenting on the current strategy of Imran Khan, Sethi said Khan thinks that in the case of martial law, the army will go back to the barracks after the election.
Sethi added that the Pakistan army was exhausted due to their continuous involvement in political affairs. Meanwhile, the judiciary was also trying to portray an ‘apolitical’ behavior. Therefore, after facing unfavorable circumstances, Imran Khan may choose to return to the Parliament.
 

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Not take sides? After the deal has been done.

I will not believe a single word coming from Army top command. They do this for self preservation. As we speak, Army is still involved in politics. Sell this b*llsh*t somewhere else.
 

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  • PM Shehbaz to return to Pakistan following meetings with Nawaz.
  • Sharif brothers deliberated over army chief's appointment in meetings.
  • PDM leadership to also be taken into confidence on appointment.
LONDON: After crucial meetings between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif in London, it was decided Friday to appoint the military’s senior-most officer as the next army chief, Geo News reported.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the PML-N leadership, with party supremo Nawaz Sharif, vice president Maryam Nawaz, and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in presence.

COAS Bajwa is set to retire on November 29 and the PML-N — the major stakeholder in the ruling coalition — has resolved to appoint the senior-most officer whose name is at the top in the list that would be sent to the government.

Following his fourth and two-hours-long meeting with Nawaz, PM Shehbaz told journalists that the army chief's appointment is a constitutional matter and would decide in line with the constitution.

Apart from the crucial matter of the army chief's appointment, the high-level huddle took important decisions in London and the PML-N will later take the coalition partners into confidence over them.

PM Shahbaz is now returning to Pakistan, following the meetings. He had arrived in the British capital after concluding his two-day visit to Egypt, where he attended the COP27 summit.

In an interview on Geo News' programme "Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath", PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira — whose party also holds an important position in the ruling alliance — said merit would determine who becomes the next army chief.

"The [government] will appoint the next army chief from among the top-five senior generals," Kaira said and mentioned that PM Shehbaz would return to Pakistan and deliberate over the matter with the government leadership and PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Lashing out at PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Kaira said the person against whom Khan has reservations was the same man with whom he spent four years in power.

Meanwhile, Khan has also reiterated his stance on appointing the army chief on "merit" and criticised PM Shehbaz for consulting Nawaz for making this decision.

During his address to participants of his party's long march in Gujrat via video link, Khan said: "Whoever fits the merit, should be appointed the army chief."

“Nawaz Sharif always brings up the man who is beneficial for him,” Khan said referring to the appointment’s decision.

PTI's long march spectacle​

The PTI chief is holding a long march towards Islamabad and has constantly called on the government to step down, alleging that it had come into power through a US-backed conspiracy.

Among his demands, Khan has also been vocal about holding snap elections in the country, but the government has maintained that the polls will take place on time.

During the London meetings, PM Shahbaz and PML-N supremo Nawaz also resolved not to come under PTI’s pressure, especially on its key demand of early elections, sources told Geo News.

Nawaz told Shahbaz to “continue doing his best to take Pakistan out of the economic crisis” and “not succumb to any kind of pressure”.

The brothers resolved that the elections would be held on time and PTI chief's planned march to Islamabad would be dealt with legally, shared the source.


 

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