Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that the army chief should be appointed on merit and that he was not bothered by any individual being appointed to the top military post in Pakistan.
Speaking to journalists at the Chief Minister’s House in Lahore on Wednesday, he said that they [the coalition government] wanted to bring the army chief of their choice, which he said was a ‘security threat’ because “how can a criminal appoint the army chief?”
Imran said that they were afraid of their corruption, “while I am not afraid”. He said the cypher was not stolen, but its master document was safe at the Foreign Office. “Thankfully they’ve accepted the cypher as a reality… if the investigative committee calls me I would first ask who Donald Lu ordered to remove… and then they were given the NRO,” he remarked.
The PTI chairman said that he will not reveal the date of long march to anyone as “everything is recorded… I have kept the date to myself… Shah Mehmood Qureshi is my vice-chairman, I did not tell him either”.
Commenting on upcoming by-elections, he said, “I think October 16 is far away. There may not be a by-election at all”.