PM keeps options open on COAS tenure matter

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  • Says will decide about Army Chief’s tenure at the right time
  • Terms relationship with military exemplary
  • States govt focused to control inflation
  • Asserts “Govt will complete its five-year tenure”
  • Sees next three months as crucial

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that it’s too early to decide on the extension of the tenure of Army Chief but will decide about it at the right time. He further said that the next three months are crucial for his government and they had to overcome a hike in inflation during the period.

He said that the biggest failure of the incumbent government is the lack of accountability of the previous rulers as despite all evidence they are able to get away with the graft cases against them.

The prime minister further lamented that most of his government’s efforts are not being advertised properly.

“I am completely satisfied with the performance of the Punjab government,” he said and added that the PTI has not lost its vote bank, however, recent loss in KP local bodies elections have hurt the party’s standing and is one of the biggest failures of the PTI organizational setup.

The prime minister further challenged the opposition to bring a no-confidence motion against him and said that his government would complete its tenure with the support of allies.

“I am not afraid of these corrupt political parties,” he said.

Further speaking on civil-military leadership, the prime minister said that he has an exemplary relationship with the military leadership.

Further speaking on the extension of the incumbent chief of army staff (COAS), Imran Khan said that he has not considered any option on the appointment of the new chief as November 2022, the month for the retirement of the incumbent COAS, is too far.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday stated that PTI is constructing national highways at a lower cost when compared to the previous government.

The PM went on to laud Ministry of Communication and National Highway Authority (NHA) for “saving public money through transparency and digitisation”,

The PM took to his Twitter to share a screenshot of statistics showing that four-lane highways have been built at comparatively reduced cost (138%) than those built by the previous government (PML-N).

The PM further said that all this was done “despite global price hikes and inflation”.

He went on to add that during the PTI tenure, the country has seen a substantial increase in revenue (125%) while Rs5.18 billion worth of land has been “freed from encroachments”.

Earlier today, the premier also chaired a meeting to review the Ravi Urban Development and Central Business District projects where he emphasised the need for urban development.

“Urban development is the top priority of our government,” he said while directing all relevant authorities to expedite work for speedy completion of projects.

During the meeting, he said that unused government land is being turned into valuable assets.

“These projects aim at creating jobs and meeting the needs of the population,” he explained as he ordered the immediate removal of legal hurdles to attract investors.