Defence minister says he is not being removed

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s top defence functionary, while rubbishing the reports about his removal, stated on Tuesday the affairs of governance are not run at ‘the whims of individuals’ and he would continue with the present responsibilities as long as the premier wanted him to. “The government issues are not run as per the wishes of individuals. If anybody does not want to see me at the helm of defence, it might be their wish, but that does not guide or influence the government’s policy,” Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif said on the sidelines of Pakistan-China Energy Working Group meeting. The minister was responding to this scribe’s queries regarding the reports about his possible removal as defence minister against the backdrop of reported uneasiness within the country’s security establishment. “I would perform my responsibilities (at the Ministry of Defence) as long as the prime minister wants me to.” 

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