Pakistan

PPP’s resolution seeks extension in army chief’s tenure

LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party on Wednesday submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly seeking extension in service of incumbent Army Chief General Raheel Sharif.

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The resolution was filed by PPP lawmaker Khurram Watto.

Earlier, PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari termed the army chief’s decision to retire on due date ‘prematured’.

Read here: “I don’t believe in extension, will retire on the due date,” says army chief

“As the country is through a sensitive phase, PPP considers Gen Sharif’s decision premature,” Zardari said in a statement. “The decision can transform people’s hopes into disappointment, while it may also give a negative perception.”

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He went on to say that it is not adequate to search for military’s role in political affairs, accountability and other matters, suggesting nation and media not to spread such speculations.

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