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Army following tradition set by political govts, says Shah

ISLAMABAD: Smooth transition of power from one elected government to another has set a tradition which the military has now followed, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah said after presiding over a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting in the Parliament House on Tuesday.

In a brief interaction with the media, Mr Shah said the smooth transition of command from former chief of the army staff General Raheel Sharif to his successor General Qamar Javed Bajwa showed that the military had dropped the use of extensions and other pretexts to prolong the army chief’s tenure, “the way the political leadership did in 2013”.

“You could say that the military leadership has realised that smooth and timely transfer of command is in the interest of the institution.”
Opposition leader congratulates Gen Raheel on smooth transition

Mr Shah said the political government had realised the importance of ensuring smooth transition, as had the army.

The opposition leader lauded Gen Sharif for continuing the tradition of retiring in a dignified manner, adding that it had sent a good message to other institutions.

Replying to another question regarding the return of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers to the PAC, Shah said that he had welcomed PTI’s Shafqat Mehmood and Dr Arif Alvi to the PAC meeting.

A few months ago, PTI chief Imran Khan had announced that the party’s lawmakers would boycott parliamentary sessions in protest against the government’s reluctance to probe allegations levelled in the Panama Papers. The party recently decided to end its boycott partially.

On Tuesday, Mr Shah welcomed PTI lawmakers to the PAC meeting but warned them that he was considering removing their names from the PAC sub-committees [due to their prolonged absence] and assigning them to other available members.

courtesy: dawn news



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