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Asif slams PTI chief for taking on heavy loans during his tenure

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ISLAMABAD: Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Tuesday criticized the PTI chairman for taking on heavy loans during his four-year term.

The people are suffering from heavy loans taken out by the last PTI regime, he said in an interview with a private TV channel.

He said the coalition government was taking all possible measures to provide maximum relief to the poor masses.

Commenting on the appointment of the army chief, he said Imran Khan made the appointment of the army chief controversial, adding that the selection of the army chief would be made after observing the constitutional procedure.

He assured that the head of the army would be chosen on merit. In response to a question about the snap elections, he said Imran Khan was well aware of his position regarding the election.

Khawaja Asif suggested that the PTI chairman should avoid demanding early elections due to unpopularity among the masses.

He added that the PTI leader had lost his popularity among the people and should refrain from running in the general election.

PUNITIVE ACTION AGAINST IK FOR ATTACKING THE SECURITY AND INTEGRITY OF THE COUNTRY

Earlier, Defense Minister Kh Asif said on Tuesday that the government is considering punitive action against PTI leader Imran Khan for undermining national solidarity, security and the integrity of his vested interests.

Speaking to the media outside Parliament, the Minister of Defense clarified that no one has the right to undermine the prestige and honor of the country.

Khawaja Asif said: “Imran Khan has committed a crime against the state by undermining bilateral relations and the national cohesion of the country.

He also dismissed hearsay about the upcoming appointment of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and said there was no stalemate on the appointment of COAS as the process does not hadn’t started yet.

In response to questions from the media, he said, “The nomination process for the new COAS will start on November 18-19 and the nominations will be shared by the Pakistan Army.”

Responding to another question, he dismissed the possibility of favorites among the nominees for a new COAS. “There is no government favorite.”

“How can we create an impasse without even launching the consultation process for the appointment of a new COAS? Confident, Kh Asif answered reporters’ questions about the rumored stalemate over the COAS name between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

Speaking to media outside parliament, he said consultations for the nomination of COAS would take place after November 18 or 19.

He further clarified that the ruling Pakistani Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) does not have a preferred name for the COAS appointment. Asif said consultations will only be held on the shortlisted names forwarded to the Federal Government by the Pakistani military.

“The Pakistani army has not yet sent the shortlisted names for the appointment of the army chief.”

The defense minister criticized Pakistani leader Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and said legal action should be taken against Imran Khan’s recent statements. “Imran Khan plays with the national interest for his personal gain. Imran Khan harms external ties by making allegations. »

The day before, the defense minister had said that the appointment of the next army chief was the prerogative of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and that no consultation had taken place on this matter so far.