The perennial Imran Bajwa conflict, Khan to not take action against (retd) COAS

May 28, 2023


‘Will Not Take Action Against Bajwa After Coming to Power,’ Says Former PM Imran Khan

Shaeran Rufus

KARACHI: Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister on Sunday addressed his “personal conflicts” with the former army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa, adding that he will not make any move against him if he comes to power .

The statements were recorded in a meeting with the members of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) at Zaman Park, Lahore.

Khan asserted that the current COAS General Asim Munir has claimed to remain ‘neutral’. Further adding, the elections after the assemblies are dissolved will be the biggest test of his (Gen Asim Munir) ‘neutrality’. Moreover, the PTI chairman, also added that when Lt Gen (retd) Faiz Hameed was removed, it became apparent that the plan was to overthrow the PTI government.

Imran Khan said to former COAS, that if his government is removed no one will be able to revive the country’s economy. 

Khan also added that he had questioned the retd. COAS about the appointment of current PM Shehbaz Sharif, who is named in corruption cases worth Rs16 billion. He later found out that corruption was not an issue for (retd) General Bajwa.

Furthermore, Khan said that Bajwa told him to make Aleem Khan the Chief Minister of Punjab but when Khan found out about his illicit assets, he refused to make him the CM. 

Khan questioned the loan policy

In addition, Khan added that Pakistan’s economy would have performed well if there was no pandemic. The PTI founder also questioned the loan policy of the country. He questioned, if the economy is shrinking, the wages are low then how can loans can be returned? To which Khan said to the retd. General, “If we catch 10 to 12 top corrupt people, everything will get back on the right track.”

Additionally, Imran also questioned the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to be asked how many corruption cases have increased or decreased since the institution was formed in 1999.  Imran also talked about his equation with Gen. Bajwa saying, they were on good terms with each other, and don’t know what had happened later. Khan has also advised to not form a weak ministry this time. 

Toshakhana case

Referring to the Toshakhana case, Imran said that if there was corruption in his time of governance, then the party rivals would have raised it rather than just highlighting the Toshakhana case. 

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

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