Troubled by flash floods and economic turmoil, Pakistan chooses to debate who will be the next top general

The debate in Pakistan is fixated on who will succeed Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa even though the country is pulling through the aftermath of devastating flash floods and is staring at an economic crisis

Asian News International October 01, 2022 14:46:43 IST
Troubled by flash floods and economic turmoil, Pakistan chooses to debate who will be the next top general

File image of Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. News18

Islamabad: Debate in Pakistan, even amid flash floods and economic turmoil, remains pinned on who should be appointed as the next Army Chief in the next snap elections, Geo Politicalreported.

Pakistan is currently experiencing the brunt of devastating floods which have affected one-third of the country and have laid a huge impact on livestock and crops. Next is Pakistan’s economy, which remains in shambles and relies heavily on bailout packages from International Monetary Fund.  But, debates in Pakistan are still solidly anchored over the appointment of the next Army Chief once Pakistani General Qamar Javed Bajwa retires.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has criticized the government for delaying the elections allegedly to appoint an army chief of its own.

After this, the Islamabad High Court appeared to criticize the cricketer-turned-politician observing that everything has been put at stake for a “game of thrones,” media reports said.

Imran Khan’s statement on Army prompted the Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah to question how the former prime minister could say in public whether an army chief was a patriot or not.

“In his latest public statement regarding the army chief appointment, he has tried to discredit the future chief at a time when nobody even knows who would be the army chief. It appears Imran’s frustration has attained new heights”, the report said.

“Imran Khan in a bid to make political gains is maligning the country’s apex institutions and making defamatory commentaries. Irrespective of the fact whether Imran Khan’s comments are legal, illegal, constitutional or unconstitutional, all that the PTI chief wants are early elections,” it noted.

“There are a series of actions and utterances from the PTI which show Khan and his party leaders’ frustration to get early elections reaching such a level that they see no ethics or morality and even don’t care about the interest of the institution and the country”, the report added.

Imran Khan’s statement created doubts about the new army chief at a time when no one knows who would be the next COAS. Ever since his ouster from the Prime Minister’s Office, Imran Khan’s main target has been the country’s military establishment whom he alleges of being part of a US conspiracy to remove his government, as per the media portal.

But Imran Khan’s links, evidently, remained firm with the Army. He is “in direct touch” with the army, euphemistically called the ‘establishment’, which told Imran that the elections would be held in March next year, four months before schedule. He speculates that a formal announcement of the polls will be in January 2023, reported Geo Political.

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