Imran Khan: “Never meant to bring army chief of my choice”

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ISLAMABAD: According to reports, former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan said he had no interest in picking the next army chief since “appointments without regard to merit destroyed institutions.”

On Wednesday, the ousted premier reiterated that PML-N Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan had “confessed” that the opposition parties had plotted against him at the time because he intended to appoint Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed as the new army chief to allegedly carry out his plan to rule the country for the following 15 years without opposition. The PTI chairman claimed that he had no such plans since he favoured meritocracy.

According to Imran Khan, PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif “wanted to select his favourites for such important positions because he had to protect his ill-gotten wealth and looted money.”

According to the former prime minister’s conspiracy theory concerning US-backed regime change, Washington just cared about advancing its own interests and did not give a damn about other countries’ welfare, the article says.

“He had adamantly refused, stating that it was not in Pakistan’s best interests to grant US military facilities. Though I am not anti-American and I want to have good relations with the US, Khan remarked, I cannot remain silent while they treat us like “tissue papers.”