ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Tuesday brushed aside hearsay on the upcoming Chief of Army Staff (COAS)â€™s nomination and said there was no deadlock on the nomination of the COAS as the process did not start yet.
Talking to media outside the Parliament, he said, â€œthe process for the appointment of new COAS will start from November 18-19 and the nominations will be shared by the Pakistan Army.â€
Replying to another query, he rejected the possibility of any favourites among the nominees of a new COAS. â€œThere is no favourite of the government.â€
The Defence Minister clarified that no one had the right to harm the countryâ€™s prestige and honour.
Khawaja Asif said, â€œImran Khan has committed a crime against the state by damaging the countryâ€™s bilateral relations and national cohesion.â€
Khawaja Asif said that the government was mulling over a punitive action against PTI chief Imran Khan for damaging national solidarity, security and integrity for his vested interests.
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