Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry acknowledged that the fallout of the rift between institutions could be “huge”, and emphasized that the civilian and military leadership need to “remain on the same page” in the regional environment.
Chowdhary’s comments were in reference to the ongoing deadlock Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on the issue of appointment of new Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
speaking in Dawn News In the show ‘Live with Adil Shahzeb’ on Wednesday, the minister said: “If there is a rift in the relationship, the damage will be enormous so there is no doubt that all institutions need to be united and stable. It is in the interest of the country too.” ”
He said that the institutions are also aware of the situation as he assured that there will be no major problems.
Asked whether the political climate in Pakistan could influence the Afghan situation or expose it to international pressure, the minister ruled out such a possibility and insisted that Pakistan’s leadership successfully dealt with the crisis. Is.
“It would have affected the situation, relations between institutions would not have been cordial or there would have been different policies as in the past, but it is not so,” he said.
When asked whether the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has identified important positions in itself? Recent Press Releases The new appointment for the DG’s ISI appointment will also be reviewed during the “process”, the minister declined to say much, responding only: “You will know after the decision is announced.”
The appointment of DG ISI is the prerogative of the Prime Minister. However, the spymaster is elected by the prime minister in consultation with the army chief.
Reiterating his remarks made in a tweet on Wednesday, Choudhary said that the process of appointment of DG ISI has started and the matter is now moving towards its conclusion.
“I cannot give any time frame for this (announcement) but it should be completed at the earliest,” he said. “However, the process will be completed within its stipulated time and it will not take much time.”
His Feedback At the civil-military leadership standoff on Wednesday, PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz alleged that the prime minister took decisions under the influence of “spirits” and that “he does this for top appointments, not the public”. To relieve. Big”.
He also termed the Prime Minister’s alleged displeasure with the Army Chief’s appointment of DG ISI as unnecessary and said that only a “legally elected Prime Minister” can make top appointments to national security organisations.
Chowdhury, in interviews, considered Maryam’s criticism “non-serious”, accusing the PML-N leader of trying to attract “media attention” with such comments.
‘The Prime Minister is incompetent’
Meanwhile, former President Asif Ali Zardari said on Thursday that the PPP’s stand since the first day of the PTI government’s term has been that “he (Prime Minister Imran Khan) is incompetent”.
He was responding to a question outside the accountability court in Islamabad today, asking about the Prime Minister’s work on the appointment of a new DG of ISI.
“When he (PM Imran) had earlier extended [to Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa], they asked for five drafts… now the same issue. Basically, he is incompetent,” the PPP leader said.
Asked if the prime minister would be able to handle the situation, Zardari quipped, “He is managing [even] their own politicians with great difficulty.”