Coalition partners back PM Shehbaz on COAS, CJCSC appointments
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif received absolute support from coalition government’s leadership over appointment of Chief of Army Staff and Chairman Joints Chief of Staff. Meeting with coalition partners was held on a one-point basis agenda.
Former President and PPP co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari entrusting his support in PM said: “You are prime minister and Constitution has granted you this authority and privilege.” PML-Q’s supremo Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain told PM Shehbaz that decision on appointment was his “constitutional right”. JUI-F’s Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman extended his support to premier.
“We stand with you no matter what decision prime minister takes,” he said at meeting. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi of PML-N said that it was matter of pride for party that premier had full support from coalition partners.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said, “Mian sahib, we stand with you in every decision.” MQM’s Khalid Mqabool Siddiqui extended his support to premier and appreciated his gesture of consulting coalition partners.
Dr Khalid Magsi of Balochistan Awami Party said that whatever decision prime minister takes, he “firmly” stands with him.
Aslam Bhootani an independent coalition partner from Balochistan told PM Shehbaz that he endorses his decision.
Mohsin Dawar of National Democratic Front said that prime minister is authorised to make important appointments. Qaumi Watan Party’s Aftab Khan Sherpao and Minister for Narcotics Control Shahzain Bugti both entrusted their confidence in prime minister. “Constitution gives you responsibility. We support and endorse your decisions,” Bugti said during meeting.
Published in The Daily National Courier, November, 24 2022