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Asif warns against politics when appointing army chief


Defense Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday warned against the policy on the appointment of the army chief, saying the issue had yet to be addressed.

He urged politicians to sit together and discuss national issues.

Addressing a press conference in the federal capital, the minister said talks of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) returning to Swat could not be denied. However, he dismissed the idea that the banned group was resurrected there.

Asif said a “negative” campaign on social media against the tragic helicopter crash in Lasbela, Balochistan, during flood relief operations earlier this month, was a “joint project” of Pakistan Tehreek- e-Insaf (PTI) and India against the Pakistani army. .

“The entire nation is saddened by this tragic incident. The helicopter crash happened due to bad weather but the PTI social media team, which had the support of India, launched a campaign against the Pakistani army,” Asif told reporters.

“There were 529 accounts from Pakistan, 30 from India and 33 from other countries,” he said, citing the investigation into the heinous social media campaign against the crash martyrs.

“All the [social media] accounts that are exited are linked to the PTI. They also gained Indian support. The PTI advances the interests of India,” the Minister added. Responding to a question, Asif said the “data is confirmed” and validated.

He said the results of the investigation would be taken to court, so those involved in the campaign could be punished under the law. “The results of the investigation will be released soon,” he said.

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“The results of the investigation into Gill’s case would reveal whether or not the case was handled properly,” he said. Responding to another question, the Minister said that if the action was brought against Gill for his comments on the TV channel, the action would also be brought against the channel itself.

The minister fired a broadside at PTI chairman Imran Khan, saying he had gone too far after losing power in a no-confidence vote in April this year. Findings from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) showed how Imran used charity money for political purposes.

“Funds have been raised in the Shaukat Khanum’s [cancer hospital] name, from which he is trying to divert attention. No political party has ever used this kind of off-limits language in politics,” he said. He urged Imran to appear before the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in connection with the foreign funding investigation.

“After the American conspiracy story, a lobbyist was hired for $25,000. Imran forgot his own statements against the military as he sat in the UK and India in the 1990s. For days , Imran kept checking the reaction to Gill’s statement and now he realized that Gill shouldn’t have said that.