PM Shehbaz, Asif Zardari grill Imran Khan over remarks regarding Army Chief appointment

Shehbaz Zardari Imran Khan

Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and former President Asif Ali Zardari grilled Imran Khan over his controversial remarks regarding the appointment of a new Army Chief.

Addressing a political rally in Faisalabad on Sunday, PTI Chairman Imran Khan lashed out at the major coalition partners – Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). He said that both parties were opposing snap elections because they wanted to “appoint an army chief of their choice” in November to save their skin in corruption cases.

Imran Khan said the army chief should be “appointed on merit” – whoever is on the top of the merit list should be appointed” to head the institution.

Following his remarks, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took a jibe at the PTI Chairman by calling his agenda “nefarious”.

He said that “Imran Niazi’s despicable utterances to malign institutions are touching new levels every day”.

“He [Imran Khan] is now indulging in direct mud-slinging & poisonous allegations against Armed Forces and its leadership. His nefarious agenda is clearly to disrupt and undermine Pakistan,” the premier tweeted.

Responding to Imran Khan’s comments, Former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari said that Imran Khan has “taken a contract from somewhere to weaken this country which cannot happen in our lifetime”.

In a statement issued on the official Twitter handle of the PPP, Asif Ali Zardari termed Imran Khan “fitna”, adding that everyone has come to know the man and the beast.

“We will not allow our institutions and generals to become controversial for the lust of this man. From our soldiers to generals, everyone is a brave and loving country,” Asif Ali Zardari said.

Referring to Imran Khan’s continued political rallies despite Pakistan going through the never-seen floods, Asif Ali Zardari said that the whole nation is standing with the flood victims and trying to help them in every possible way, and this person is playing jalsa jalsa.”

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