ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday said the government was not serious in amending the Army Act to extend army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure, questioning the timing of the attachment of the properties owned by party president Shehbaz Sharif and sons.
Last week, the Supreme Court gave the government six months to bring necessary legislation to pave way for Gen Bajwa to stay on the COAS until a new law determined his terms of service.
“This government would not be on the path of war with the opposition if it was sincere on the matter,” he said while addressing the media outside the Parliament House.
He said freezing PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif’s declared properties and similar vindictive moves were being carried out at the government’s behest.
“Now, if the government is willing to engage the opposition in the matter of army chief’s extension then we would directly talk to [Prime Minister] Imran [Khan] Niazi and not with his ministers,” he maintained.
“We thought the government would extend an olive branch to the opposition on the matter, but it did exactly the opposite. This attitude suggests that the government is not serious in amending the Army Act,” he remarked.
The PML-N leader said the prime minister had also shown non-seriousness attitude on the issue of appointing the chief election commissioner (CEC) as the opposition leader in the National Assembly was yet to receive a ‘positive message’ despite recommending three candidates of good repute for the post.