‘Merit’ should determine army chief: Imran

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Castigates Sharifs in video address; Claims no rule of law in Pakistan

PTI Chairman Imran Khan has asked the nation to participate in his party’s long march for generations to come, adding that it is important to bring justice and prosperity to the country.

“Justice means that everyone is equal under the law. This is not the case in Pakistan. Successful countries around the world have strong institutions. A strong country stands upon strong institutions,” the PTI chief said speaking to the marchers.

Khan added that a country could never prosper if there is no rule of law. He told the long march’s participants that overseas Pakistanis are familiar with justice, and they leave because it doesn’t exist here.

“The weaker people go to jail, while deals are made with the strong thieves here. All of this happens because there is no rule of law,” he said in his address.

Condemning the coalition government for attempting to control institutions, the former prime minister said: “They have never done anything on merit in their life. They want to control institutions to save their money. Institutions cannot apprehend the powerful.”

Khan maintained that this is not just a problem in Pakistan, but in all poor countries.”

Commenting on surviving the attempted assassination, Khan said: “They thought I would quietly sit down after getting shot. The nation has awareness. Muazzam and Ibtesam are examples of it. Their preparation was complete. [But] saviour is greater than the killer.”

The former prime minister, during his address to marchers via video link, said: “Whoever fits the merit, should be appointed the army chief.”

Criticising Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif for consulting PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif for Pakistan’s next army chief, Khan said: “The prime minister went to a house made of stolen money to meet a convict in London.”


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