Consequences if President Arif Alvi hinders COAS appointment, warns Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari

ISLAMABAD: The chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, made it clear that the country will only accept the appointment of COAS made by the prime minister, who is the only one constitutionally empowered to do so.

The foreign minister also said the president has the last chance to be on the right side of history by upholding the Constitution but will suffer the consequences if he tries to block the PM’s summary. “This is PPP’s considered view, and we will support the constitutional and legal appointment made by the prime minister,” he said while addressing a press conference here Saturday at Zardari House along with Secretary General of the PPP Parliamentarians Farhatullah Babar, PPP Secretary Information Faisal Karim Kundi, Senator Palwasha Khan, and PPP Media Coordinator Nazir Dhoki.

Bilawal said it is legally the prerogative of the prime minister. “The country will only accept the appointment made by the prime minister, and the PPP is of the same view and will support the constitutional and legal appointment made by Shehbaz Sharif,” he said.

In a response to a question, about if President Dr. Arif Alvi blocks the PM’s summary regarding the COAS appointment, Bilawal said it needs to be seen how he decides to go down in history, whether by upholding the Constitution or violating it and showing loyalty to his friend, in which case he will suffer the consequences. “If he opts to block the PM’s summary, it will have consequences,” he said.

The president, Bilawal said, tried to dissolve the National Assembly unconstitutionally during the no-trust motion. “Now he has the last chance, and hopefully he will follow the law and the Constitution, and hopefully he will abide by them,” he said.

November 19,2022


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