Army chief should have a ‘flawless reputation’: Maryam on considering Gen Faiz for top post – Pakistan


PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz on Thursday said the commander should be a “blameless” person, without criticism or skepticism.

Maryam made the remarks at a press conference outside the Islamabad High Court on Thursday while responding to a question about Security Minister Khawaja Asif’s comments, in which she said former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed should not be considered. a new military commander.

“If his name is on the adult list, it will definitely be considered,” Asif said in an interview BBC.

The PML-N leader has criticized Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, who served as ISI chief from June 16, 2019 to October 19, 2021, and has now been deployed as Peshawar faction commander.

Speaking at a rally last week in Fateh Jang, Maryam had criticized Gen Hameed while referring to Imran Khan’s recent podcast show in which he said the master of intelligence was “the eyes and ears” of the government.

The PML-N leader said: “We know it was not your eyes and ears [rather] He was your hands where you oppressed your political opponents. “

In a statement to the media today, he said the military is a respected institution of the country and its people. “The nation is looking to the military for unity and security in Pakistan. It is therefore important that the commander is a fit and proper person for people to kick out the Pakistani Army.”

Maryam added that it was “a good thing” that the armed forces decided to abstain from politics and complete their constitutional role as it was a political struggle.

“But there is only one man who has a problem with this … he is already used to cheating, he does not have his feet and he needs support,” he said. “And it is fitting that he should pull out the political institutions and cause controversy. He is one man and his name is Imran Khan.”

“Elections must take place”

Maryam also said that elections should take place and that they are the solution to this crisis.

He said the short-term coalition government could not make big decisions. “Nakaz Sharif found Pakistan in a bad state but in the end things got better in two to three years. Unfortunately, this interim plan will not work.”

I just want people not to be tempted and vote for Nakaz Sharif every time an election is held, ”warned the PML-N leader.

This time, recalling his conversation with Professor Israr and Hakeem Saeed in the 1990s, he said he now understood when people said that Imran Khan was preparing to “destroy Pakistan”.

“The conspiracy against Pakistan, even if all countries were united, would not do so,” he said, adding that the man most responsible for the country’s economy today was blaming the PML-N government for inflation.

“But people know you are to blame for inflation,” said Maryam. “If you bring in a player from cricket to power he will do this, he does not know what the economy is, the way Imran is breaking links in Pakistan and other countries, could have a negative impact on our foreign policy. it took years to fix it. ”

He also accused the PTI chairman of using his “false conspiracy” to cover up the shortcomings of his government, claiming that former information minister Fawad Chaudhry had appointed members of his family and spent a lot of money on them from the country’s Treasury.

“You will find Farah Khan in all departments. It was Pharaoh who ruled the province, not Usman Buzdar, ”he said.

Shortly after Maryam’s comments, Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter to demand that the PML-N leader reveal in 24 hours the names of the people to whom he had been assigned. “If you fail to do so, I will send you a legal notice,” added the PTI leader.

‘NAB’s pull conditions’

Maryam also called on the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file a complaint.

“When NAB was in their place [PTI’s] to control, they thought they could fool us. There were daily court appeals and hasty decisions. But since Imran’s dismissal, NAB has not been clear. They apologize in every discussion because they have no evidence.

He said that if NAB had evidence, 10 months would be enough to bring it to the judges.

After that, the PML-N leader called on the IHC bench and Chief Justice Athar Minallah to stop “violating my rights”. “My dignity is in jeopardy when I come to court. I want to ask the court to take into account the injustices of NAB as delayed justice is being curtailed.”

Be it NAB or a false case, he demanded, anyone involved in “political engineering” should be convicted.

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