Pakistani military ‘appalled’ by Imran Khan’s ‘defamatory’ statement against senior army leadership

PTI Chairman Imran Khan (left) and Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. — AFP/File

  • The Pakistani army expresses its dissatisfaction with the new declaration of Imran Khan.
  • “Unfortunate, disappointing,” says the army, making the appointment of COAS questionable.
  • The ISPR says the “patriotic credentials of senior military officials are beyond doubt”.

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistani military on Monday expressed its displeasure with PTI chairman Imran Khan’s new statement against the military and said it was “appalled” at it.

At a public rally in Faisalabad, the PTI chairman called on the federal government, announcing that he was delaying elections to appoint his own military leader and that if a patriotic leader of the military team is available, he ‘ll now not spare the leaders in place.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement, said the military was once “appalled” by defamatory and unwarranted statements made about senior military leadership through the chairman of the military. PTI in Faisalabad. rally.

The media wing of the military mentioned that, unfortunately, an attempt has already been made to discredit and undermine the senior leadership of the military at a time when the establishment is sacrificing lives for “the security and safety of the people every day”.

The military said senior politicians seeking to stir up controversy over the appointment of COAS, the process for which is easily outlined in the constitution, are “very unfortunate and disappointing”.

The ISPR said the Army’s senior leadership has decades of impeccable meritorious service to end its “patriotic and professional credentials beyond doubt”.

Politicizing the senior leadership of the Pakistani military and scandalizing the mode of collection of COAS is neither in the hobby of the Pakistani state nor the establishment, he noted.

“The Pakistani military reiterates its commitment to abide by the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” the military’s media arm added.

Nawaz and Zardari “worry” the patriot military leader

In his speech at a jalsa in Faisalabad on Sunday, the PTI chairman said the coalition government was blocking the elections as it sought to “appoint an army chief of his choice”.

PTI chairman mentioned that PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif ‘fear’ a powerful and patriotic military leader, who could hold them responsible for stolen money they hid in another country.

The former prime minister said a new military chief would be appointed in November this year, usually [Zaradri and Nawaz] collectively searched to name a favorite [general] as the next military leader.

The two spent billions of dollars on corruption, they usually sought to appoint a military leader who could offer them protection and their corruption, Imran Khan alleged.

The PTI chairman alleged that Prime Minister Shehbaz, his brother Nawaz and Zardari were all for the laundering of public money, and that the two families had been looting the national treasury for the past 30 years.

Ruling coalition castigates Imran

Hours before army reaction, ruling coalition lambasted PTI chairman for remarks in Faisalabad jalsa.

In a joint statement, the ruling coalition condemned Khan’s public assembly for sowing hatred against the Pakistani military and its leadership and making “sensitive professional issues” moot.

The whole country is battling the floods, while the president of the PTI is consumed by the thirst for revenge and his pleasure, the statement said, noting that despite the cataclysmic floods, Khan targets the militia.

Companions in power mentioned that the intense accusations against the army have 3 causes: to disrupt the country’s economic system, to transport the economic system of Pakistan on a track which it turns into a path similar to that of Sri Lanka, and foster enmity between the country and the militia.

“With the power of the Constitution and the law, we will foil this nefarious conspiracy and deal with the conspirators in accordance with the Constitution and the law,” the statement said.

IHC questions Khan’s intentions

In another similar case earlier today, Chief Justice Athar Minallah of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) – in a hearing against PEMRA – asked whether Khan was seeking to damage the morale of the militia by giving in anti-military rhetoric.

“Did you hear Imran Khan’s speech yesterday? Do political leaders make such speeches? Will it all be on the line just for the sake of a “Game of Thrones”? IHC CJ sought Khan’s opinion, linking to the favorite TV drama through which 9 noble families wage war against each other for control of a legendary country.

IHC CJ Minallah said that the militia sacrificed their lives for the country and in a case where everyone is for crime, everyone should not be criticized for this anymore.

“Hold yourself accountable for your actions. You [Khan] do you want to issue statements according to your wishes and do you not want the regulator to do its job? »

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