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Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s “merit” remark on new intel chief amid government-military rift

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The ISI chief is appointed by the prime minister but exercises this power in consultation with the army chief. (file)

Islamabad:

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday pledged to establish an exemplary rule of law in the country where even a general would get promotion based on performance, in clear reference to the ongoing tussle between the government and the army over appointments. is in. New head of spy agency ISI.

Addressing a conference on the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi, which was celebrated to celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammed, Khan called the country a “welfare state like Medina to ensure the merit and supremacy of law in society”. “Vowed to change.

“The system of the Medina state (under the Prophet) was based on justice and merit, and even a general was promoted to a higher position on the basis of performance,” he said.

His reference to the promotion of general on the basis of merit was seen in the context of the ongoing tussle between the government and the army over the appointment of the head of the intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

The matter of appointment of Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has been in the news since the beginning of this month after the delay in the issuance of the appointment notification of Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum.

The army in a statement on 6 October announced Anjum to replace Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, who had been appointed as Peshawar Corps commander, but the Prime Minister’s Office withheld the official notification.

After initial silence on the issue, the government said Khan was not properly consulted while making the crucial appointment.

The ISI chief is appointed by the Prime Minister, but under a tradition he exercises this power in consultation with the Pakistan Army Chief.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that all the issues have been resolved and necessary notification will be issued this week.

The post of ISI chief is considered one of the most important in the Pakistan Army, which has ruled the country for more than half of its 73-plus years of existence and has so far wielded considerable power in matters of security and foreign policy. Is.

In his address, Khan also said that no country can progress without a fair and speedy justice system to hold everyone accountable before the law.

Expressing concern over the rising sex crimes in the society, he said that obscenity destroyed the family system in Britain. “We have to protect our children, youth and family from pornographic culture.”

Khan said that 9 million Pakistanis living abroad have money, but they did not invest in Pakistan because of a failed and corrupt system. “If a few thousand foreign Pakistanis invest in Pakistan, we will get rid of the International Monetary Fund (IMF),” he said.

Meanwhile, the festival of Eid Milad was celebrated across the country with religious fervor and special prayers were offered in mosques.

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