On Thursday, PM Imran Khan said that PML-N Supreme Nawaz Sharif was attempting to build rifts in the military by urging military officers to “rebel against the military leadership.
The premier pointed to Nawaz’s latest speeches at his party’s public meetings and the 11-party opposition coalition, the Pakistan Democratic Movement, where he accused his ouster of being engineered by the security establishment. “During his speech at PDM’s Gujranwala rally, he named Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed, saying there was a state above the state.
PM Imran said in an interview broadcast today on GNN: “If they say that the [military leadership] is poor and the rest of the army is fine, is the army a political party that can pass a motion of no trust? You (Nawaz) are asking the army to launch a coup, to revolt [against the leadership]. Can there be a greater [form of] treason?”
A individual sitting outside in a luxurious Mayfair flat purchased with stolen money advises the army [personnel] to revolt. By taking the name of one judge, he is also attempting to push a wedge in the judiciary, saying that he is decent while another was a poor judge, who was a chief justice and gave the Panama judgement against him (Nawaz).
PM Imran said that while “sitting abroad like a coward,” Nawaz was urging his followers to rise up against the government. The PML-N supremo and his daughter, the prime minister said had initially remained silent because they were attempting to achieve an NRO by sending their citizens through backdoor channels to hold talks.
They learned when the FATF law was passed] that they would not be offered a way out and they began threatening me. They have now begun to strike the army and the courts,’ said the Prime Minister, adding that it was a matter of national interest to keep Pakistan from being included on the black list of the FATF, but the opposition tried to block the law before relief was provided to its members.
“The prime minister did not offer a straight response when asked whether the government would take up a treason case against Nawaz and said: “Treason cases are difficult to prove.
He said he had details on the actions of Nawaz, but added that “court complaints should not be filed on the accounts of agencies.”
The prime minister went on to state that “running Nawaz’s contact policy” was former U.S. ambassador Hussain Haqqani.
Look at Hussain Haqqani, who doesn’t know what he and the Indian lobby are doing overseas. His whole plan for contact is anti-army. ‘The Pakistan Army is bad, and Imran Khan is a marionette.’ Whose is this narrative? India is saying the same things,” said PM Imran, adding that India needed to “discredit and split Pakistan into three pieces; this is their think tanks’ reported strategy.
“Why is he (Nawaz) so famous today in India? “The prime minister said, “Imran Khan is a villain in Bollywood, but Nawaz is a Democrat. Today, the guy who grew up in the lap of Ziaul Haq is a Democrat, while Imran Khan, who launched his party from scratch and organised people to come to power, is an army marionette!
“India suits Nawaz Sharif, not Imran Khan.”
The Prime Minister recalled that he had said, after swearing an oath, that the interests of opposition leaders were counter to those of the government. The claim, PM Imran said was proved correct.
When asked whether other states that had supported Pakistan could threaten him, the prime minister evaded the issue. He, though, said that when I went to inquire for help, it had “broken my self-esteem and ego.”
“What annoys me is that when they were running the country on loans, they (opposition politicians) built a luxurious lifestyle for themselves.”