ISLAMABAD: Two federal minister Fawad Choudhary and Sheikh Rashid have once again asserted that “all issues” between the civil and military leadership had been settled and a notification of the new Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general would be issued during the current week.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Monday said all speculations in this regard are baseless and “all issues” between the civil and military leadership had been settled and a notification of the new Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general would be issued during the current week.
Mr Chaudhry denied reports that a new summary with names of candidates for the office of ISI chief had been sent to the Prime Minister Office.
Criticising the opposition, Mr Chaudhry said: “It [opposition] is thinking that there are some differences between the government and security institutions but its euphoria is gradually fading.”
He said the opposition always talked about democratic credentials but ended up seeking a deal to evade accountability.
Opposition leaders are always ready with their curriculum vitae to jump on the bandwagon once they assume there are differences between the government and state institutions, Mr Chaudhry said, adding that “when they come to know that they are not going to get any relief in their corruption cases from the government, their guns suddenly turn towards state institutions”. The minister said basically the opposition was not only devoid of political thinking, but also lacked administrative and economic policies.
It cannot come to power by criticising Prime Minister Imran Khan and instead should do some introspection and revise its policies, he added.
Mr Chaudhry once again invited the opposition to work with the government to bring reforms, but ruled out any possibility of holding discussions with its leaders on corruption cases.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said Prime Minister Imran Khan had the authority to appoint the spy chief and that the consultation process had been completed.
Meanwhile, addressing the media in Islamabad, Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid claimed that the issue of the appointment of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general had been amicably settled between the civil and military leadership.
He said the spymaster would be appointed before next Friday. Rejecting reports of a rift between the government and the military establishment, he said the prevailing environment in the country was fine, and regretted that “some elements were trying to make highly sensitive institutions controversial”.
His remarks came amid widespread speculations that Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa were not on the same page over the key appointment in the army.
The issue has been in the news since last week following the unusual delay in the issuance of official notification of Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum’s appointment as the new chief of the premier intelligence agency.
The army, in a statement on Oct 6, had announced that the incumbent ISI director general, Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, had been made the Peshawar Corps commander while Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum was appointed in his place. But the Prime Minister’s Office withheld the official notification, leading to rumours about strains in civil-military relations.