Advice sent to president, Imran’s test is whether he wants to strengthen institution or controversial: Asif

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Defense Minister Khawaja Asif says that the advice regarding the appointment of Army Chief has gone to President Arif Alvi.

Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said in a statement on social media that the advice has gone to President Arif Alvi, now Imran Khan’s test is whether he wants to strengthen the institution of national defense or is controversial.

Khawaja Asif further wrote that President Arif Alvi is also tested whether he will follow political advice or follow constitutional and legal advice.

The federal minister also wrote in his social media statement that as the supreme commander of the forces, it is his duty to protect the institution from political conflicts.

Earlier, the government has decided to appoint Lt Gen Asim Munir as Army Chief and Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad as Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee here on Thursday.

Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the prime minister exercising his constitutional powers has decided to appoint Lt Gen Asim Munir as Army Chief and Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad as Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee.

She added that in this regard a summary has been sent to President Arif Alvi.

Earlier, Qamar Zaman Kaira, a senior leader of the People’s Party, has said that if the President has the authority to stop the summary for 15 days, then we will also be thinking of some way to deal it.

Qamar Zaman Kaira said that the most senior officer may be given temporary command of the army, or the Prime Minister may temporarily ask the current chief to continue working.

Qamar Zaman Kaira said that Imran Khan played with the cipher, played with the Pakistani economy and played with the agreement with the IMF.

On Wednesday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that whoever is appointed as the army chief by Nawaz Sharif would become controversial from the day one.

In an interview with a local TV,  Imran said that individual would become man of Nawaz Sharif.