PM to announce new COAS as per Constitution

LAHORE  – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rasheed has said the announcement of a new army chief would be made by the prime minister according to the timeframe given in the constitution.
In an interview here Sunday, the minister said the government was confronting challenges on all fronts, including economy, politics, law and order and international relations.
He refused to comment on what Senator Rehman Malik had been doing in the past, but said everyone should offer consolation over the Rawalpindi incident in which precious lives had been lost. He said those killed in the tragedy were Pakistanis and it did not make any difference which sect they belonged to.
Rasheed said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had already ordered a judicial inquiry to arrive at a conclusion and those found responsible would be made to face the law of the land.  The minister regretted that processions did not remain peaceful in Pakistan which was a very dangerous trend.
“What is more worrisome is that sectarianism has crept into state institutions and personnel.” He said as a result no place, including places of worship, was safe. He said the people of Pakistan were facing the consequences of mistakes committed by the state.
The minister said Ulema were playing their role and the government would welcome those who would contribute positively.
In reply to a question, he said the prime minister had to fulfill his national responsibilities, and pointed out that the Commonwealth Summit was attended by heads of governments of other member countries.
He said Pakistan had to play its due role at the international level and the visit of the prime minister was part of the national responsibilities. (INP)