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EditorialPlaying around army chief's nomination

Playing around army chief’s nomination

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is continuing its long march, and the process of secret talks between the parties in the ruling coalition and the PTI is also continuing. However, Imran Khan has chosen to make contentious issues the focus of the talks because the government does not appear willing to discuss them. The appointment of the army chief would not be considered during negotiations with Imran Khan, according to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. The prime minister’s viewpoint is accurate to the extent that the nomination of a qualified candidate to the military position is within his constitutionally granted powers.

In any case, the nomination of the army chief should not be the topic of political wrangling. Imran Khan and his supporters fail to recognise that this situation does not assist Pakistan or its citizens in this regard. An identical circumstance occurred in 2014 during PTI’s 126-day sit-in, which ran from August 14 to December 17. Despite numerous proofs coming to light, Imran Khan still sings the same song and refuses to acknowledge that even he has made mistakes.

As Imran Khan and his long march approach Islamabad, the government has also stationed Rangers at D Chowk in Islamabad to handle any unfavourable circumstances. Additionally, all Red Zone routes are now totally walled off, which has increased security. Citizens in Islamabad can now enter the city via Margalla Road and the Srinagar Highway. Affected by the road closure are government buildings, diplomatic outposts, luxury hotels, as well as the staff and residents of institutions and offices.

All of this is taking place as a result of the person who has received the most popular sympathy, but he is unaware of the misery that the average person is through as a result. A thirteen-member negotiation committee for the long march has also been established by the ruling coalition, although as of this writing, no formal meetings of the group could be convened. To address the fundamental issues facing the nation and its citizens, the government should stop delaying this matter and resolve it through discussions as soon as feasible. Therefore, political leadership should abide by reason rather than passion this time around.

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