Imran guarantees ‘no activity’ against Gen Bajwa subsequent to coming into power

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ormer top state leader and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Director Imran Khan on Sunday said that he has a “individual” debate with previous armed force boss General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa yet he won’t make any move against him assuming he comes into power once more.

He offered these comments during a gathering with a designation of Committee of Pakistan Paper Editors (CPNE) at his Zaman Park home in Lahore.

Imran said that Head of Armed force Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir himself has said that he will stay nonpartisan. Nonetheless, he added that holding decisions in somewhere around 90 days after the disintegration of gatherings will the greatest trial of his impartiality.

He said that when Lt-Gen (retd) Faiz Hameed was taken out as DG ISI, clearly an arrangement has been incubated to overturn the PTI government. “I told Gen Bajwa that if the arrangement to bring down the public authority succeeds, nobody will actually want to deal with the nation’s economy,” he added.

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The former prime minister said that he explained to the former army chief how Shehbaz could be considered for the prime minister’s post as he was named in Rs16 billion worth of corruption cases. However, he added, he later came to know that corruption was not an issue for General (retd) Bajwa.

“Gen Bajwa used to say that Aleem Khan should be made the [Punjab] chief minister. I found out about his illegal possession so I said how he can be made chief minister,” he said.

Imran said that Pakistan’s economy would have performed even better if there wasn’t a coronavirus pandemic and China was not locked down for two years.

Economy of the country is on a decline and income of people is low then how can loans be returned in this situation, he questioned. “A country cannot prosper if there is no rule of law,” he added.

“I told Gen Bajwa that if we catch 10 to 12 top corrupt people, everything will get back on right track.”

Imran said that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was formed in 1999 but it should be questioned whether corruption increased or decreased since then.

“We had a decent relation with Gen Bajwa but I don’t know what happened later.”

Talking about the Toshakhana case, the PTI chief said that if there was corruption during his tenure, then the opponents would have raised it rather than highlighting the Toshakhana issue only.

“Toshakhana is not a museum. If I had not bought the watch it would have been bought by someone else during an auction,” he said, adding that Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari too bought expensive cars from Toshakhana.

The former prime minister further said that he will not form a weak government this time as it is unable to produce results.

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