Pakistan Govt Delaying Elections to Appoint Army Chief of Choice: Imran

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ISLAMABAD — Former Pakistan Prime Minister PTI Imran Khan has slammed the coalition government for stalling the elections, saying that the delay is being done to “appoint an army chief of their own choice”.

Addressing his supporters during a party gathering in Faisalabad, the PTI Chairman said that the government has “destroyed the country within four months’ time”, Geo News reported.

He said that the government has only arrived in power to end corruption cases against itself.

Khan added that only free and fair elections can ensure political stability in Pakistan and the government was running away from doing so because they want to “install an army chief of their choice in November”, Geo News reported.

Following his routine, the former premier took a jibe at the government and said that the incumbent government was the “weakest administration ever.”

“According to the IMF, corruption is the root cause of poor economic conditions in the country,” he said, adding that the government has only done damage in four months.

“Inflation is skyrocketing, while the economy has fallen to the ground,” he remarked, reiterating his stance of conspirators imposing “thieves” on the nation.

“Today, the nation is seeking answers from those who have betrayed them,” he stated.

Shehbaz blasts Imran for comments on Army chief

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has blasted his predecessor Imran Khan for what he called “Imran Niazi’s despicable utterances to malign institutions”.

The Prime Minister also said that Khan’s “nefarious agenda is clearly to disrupt and undermine Pakistan”, Samaa TV reported.

The strong response from the premier came a day after Khan, addressing a rally in Faisalabad, said that Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif were trying their level best to nominate their army chief, who will be a personal favourite.

Khan also said that if a powerful and patriotic general became the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) he would question Zardari and Nawaz Sharif about their corruption, Samaa TV reported.

The current COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa is set to retire in November this year and Prime Minister Sharif will appoint his successor.

Taking to Twitter On Monday, Shehbaz Sharif said: “Imran Niazi’s despicable utterances to malign institutions are touching new levels every day. He is now indulging in direct mud-slinging & poisonous allegations against Armed Forces & its leadership. His nefarious agenda is clearly to disrupt & undermine Pakistan.” — IANS

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