Army Chief appointment will be as per Constitution and on merit: Fazl

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PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Tuesday said the future army chief would be appointed by the person empowered by the Constitution to do so — the prime minister — whose pick would be “on merit”.

“The one who is responsible [for appointing the army chief] as per the Constitution will fulfil this task on the basis of merit. Who is he (Imran Khan) to tell the government about who has to do this,” the JUI-F chief said during a press conference in Larkana.

He said the PTI chief could not be allowed to “interfere in any way” in the next army chief’s appointment. “You can cry and scream all you want,” he said. Questioned on reports of Imran’s meeting with the incumbent army chief, the JUI-F chief said even if there was any such meeting — of which he insisted he had no knowledge — “it means it was fruitless”.

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