COAS appointment… Bilawal advises President not to ‘create disorder’

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Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has advised President Dr Arif Alvi against creating any “sort of disorder” in the next army chief’s appointment. He was addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Saturday.

He said that it was the “last chance” for the president and he would have to bear any “consequence” for any disorder.

“As long as Arif Alvi sahab’s role is concerned, his test has been taken before whether he will stay loyal to Pakistan, its Constitution, its nation and democracy or will he fulfil his friendship with [Imran] Khan sahab.”

“At the time of the vote of no confidence, President Arif Alvi […] tried to unconstitutionally dissolve the assemblies,” FM Bilawal said, hoping that this time around everything would proceed in accordance with the Constitution and the law.

Bilawal Bhutto has claimed that PTI chief Imran Khan announced his long march in the same week as the appointment of the army chief to “sabotage” the process.

He questioned why Imran had chosen “the very week when the appropriate files must be moved to the appropriate ministries for the nomination of the new chief of army staff” for his long march.

The PPP leader further questioned the PTI chief’s intentions behind choosing Rawalpindi as the location to give his address.

“My appeal to [Imran] Khan Sahab is that he keeps doing politics; stays within the boundaries of politics. When he became a part of this game, he is treading on a dangerous path and he can avoid all of this by announcing an appropriate date for his march that does not clash with the process of the appointment of the army chief,” he said.

He further alleged that Imran was aiming to give the “same threat of ‘either martial law or immediate elections’” that he gave when the vote of no confidence was moved against him earlier this year.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addresses a press conference on Saturday.

 

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