According to PTI chief, Gen. Bajwa opposed the “rule of law” in the nation. Former PM claims PTI won’t be invited back to the National Assembly. Imran Khan was referred to as a “playboy” in his last meeting by the ex-COAS.
Imran Khan, a former prime minister, and leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) says General (ret.) Qamar Javed Bajwa’s “setup is still working in the establishment” as the former chief of army staff (COAS).
Without mentioning the name of the army chief, Khan stated: “In Pakistan, the establishment is the name of one person” during a Sunday press conference in Lahore.
Khan, who was overthrown by a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly in April of last year, claimed that Gen. (retd) Bajwa’s relationship with him deteriorated because the former army chief did not want accountability in the country.
Khan responded to a query by stating that Bajwa had stabbed him in the back and was now showing support for him.
Gen Bajwa called him a “playboy” during their last meeting, to which Gen Khan reportedly responded, “Yes, I had been a playboy.”
Khan also charged Bajwa with being against the country’s rule of law. The former army chief.
‘Gen. Bajwa hired Hussain Haqqani’
According to the former prime minister, a former Pakistani ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani was employed by Gen (retd) Bajwa to lobby in the US.
A growing rift between the civilian and military leadership led to Haqqani being accused of requesting US action against Pakistan’s military through the alleged memo months after the US raid in Abbottabad in 2011 on Osama Bin Laden’s compound. He was charged with granting American citizens visas without following the proper procedures, obstructing the proper channels, and embezzling money.
Additionally, the ousted prime minister claimed Haqqani ran an attack on him and had been endorsing the former army chief in the US.
‘Musharraf earned money by marketing terrorism’
Khan pointed his guns at Pervez Musharraf, the former president and head of the army, and claimed that he made money by “selling terrorism.”
The deposed premier continued, “Terrorism can be sold for dollars.
However, he continued, Musharraf’s actions resulted in the deaths of 80,000 people.
The success of the nation depends on civil-military harmony
According to Khan, the country won’t advance until the army and all political parties are on the same page.
He continued by saying that no problem can be solved by a military operation and that he has always spoken out against operations in Waziristan.
‘Will not go back to assembly’
Speaking of the country’s ongoing political crisis, the former prime minister reaffirmed that the PTI would not be allowed to reenter the National Assembly. He continued by saying it would be a pointless exercise.
Khan blasted the establishment once more, claiming that three of their lawmakers were asked to abstain from voting during the Punjab Assembly’s vote of confidence.
The Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leaders have joined the PPP (to compete with the PTI in the upcoming election),” Khan continued. “The MQM factions are coming together.”
The PTI chairman emphasized the importance of free and fair elections and claimed that transparent elections will bring stability to the nation. He also criticized the nation’s “game of audio leaks.”
‘Bilawal has no knowledge of Afghanistan’
Khan berated the coalition government, claiming that Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, the foreign minister, knew nothing about Afghanistan.
The former prime minister praised his government’s foreign policy and claimed that they had friendly relations with the current government in the country that was racked by civil war.
‘Sethi has nothing to do with cricket’
In response to a query about the coalition government’s choice to appoint Najam Sethi as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Khan said Najam Sethi has nothing to do with cricket.
The World Cup-winning cricketer-turned-politician criticized the coalition government for changing the board’s constitution, saying Ramia Raja “flourished the sport and also saved money.”
It should be noted that Raja was fired only a few days after the national team lost an embarrassing first-ever 3-0 home series to England, per a government notice.
However, a change had been anticipated ever since Imran Khan, a former national team captain, was replaced as prime minister by Shehbaz Sharif in April of last year.
a government announcement Raja had been fired by Sharif’s cabinet, and a 14-member committee led by Sethi—who has previously served as chairman—would now be in charge of the PCB.
Khan, however, asserted that the resurrection of Sethi destroyed the cricket body.