President Arif Alvi reached Lahore’s Zaman Park on Thursday afternoon to meet with PTI Chairman Imran Khan to discuss the important military brass appointments.
The appointment summary has been sent to the president, but he hasn’t yet signed it. He will reportedly make his decision after his discussions with the PTI chairman.
Lieutenant General Asim Munir will take over as the next army chief, while Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza will lead the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, according to a report that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif gave to the president earlier today.
Imran Khan in an interview with a private channel on Wednesday said that he was in contact with President Dr. Arif Alvi over the summary for the appointment of the Army Chief.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that the President should concur with the advice of the prime minister to avoid “a controversy”. “This will also assist in the recovery of our nation’s economy.
In a tweet, he made the same statement and stated that the president had been advised. He continued by saying that the former prime minister Imran Khan would now face a test in which he would have the opportunity to either enhance the institution charged with defending the nation or create controversy.
This is also a test for President Alvi, he added, to see if he will follow legal and constitutional advice or political assistance.
He stated, “He must defend the country from political problems as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.”