Never wanted to bring my own army chief, says Imran – Pakistan

Former Prime Minister and PTI President Imran Khan said he did not want to bring his army chief of staff and had never interfered with the work of the Pakistani army.

in podcast On Thursday night, along with Centrum Media’s Junaid Akram, Muzamil Hasan and Talha Ahad, Imran spoke of reports of a “discord” between him and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed.

He was answering a question from one of the organizers, who asked him “what happened” about the relationship between the former prime minister and the establishment.

“Until a few months ago, I had heard the term ‘one page narrative’. Then suddenly, something happened. Has there ever been an upturning?” Talha Ahad asked Imran.

“It is said that there was some displeasure with the appointment of Faiz Gen. [they said] He wants to make Gen Faiz an army general. It started here,” said Imran.

Imran went on to take the example of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He controls all the institutions of the country, according to Nawaz Sharif, and he wanted to control the army as well by appointing his own army commander.

“It has never been a problem because I have never interfered with the military. [in their matters]. I didn’t want to bring my own army captain. I’ve always wanted to make the military, the police and the judiciary stronger,” Imran continued.

“I had only one problem. I found out. [last summers] “I was afraid that there was a possibility of a civil war in Afghanistan, and that if the US left Afghanistan, it would have repercussions in Pakistan,” he said.

The PTI president also said he started receiving news from PML-N’s campaign against him last July. This was another reason he wanted to stay with the intelligence chief, the government’s “eyes and ears” during difficult times.

“Until now, I have never acted against my merits,” he said. “So I can’t even think of going against the merits. [appointment of] Army commander.”

Last year, reports emerged that the military and the government were at odds over the appointment of Lieutenant-General Nadeem Anjum as ISI’s new director.

The Army announced on 6 October 2021 that former ISI Chief Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed had been appointed Commander of the Peshawar Corps and Lieutenant General Anjum had been appointed to the position. However, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) did not give an official notice of the appointment of Lieutenant General Anjum until three weeks later, leading to fanatical speculation about tensions in civil-military relations.

After the delay, the PMO eventually notified on 26 October that Lieutenant General Nadeem Anjum had been appointed as the new ISI Director.

According to defense affairs experts, the appointment process for the ISI commander is not stated in the Constitution or Army Act, and all previous appointments have been made in the tradition of the Army Chief of Staff offering three names to the prime minister. Make the final decision.

‘Independent diplomacy does not mean that I am anti-American’

Talking about his ouster and the events that followed, the former prime minister said the only reason for the entire saga of no confidence was independent foreign policy.

“But what’s the matter? Independent foreign policy doesn’t mean we’re anti-American. Actually, I’d say I’m not anti-Indian either. I’m against racism and the BJP and RSS Kashmir policies. We kept the relationship,” he said.

The reason the US was “against me,” Imran said, was that he didn’t want to compromise on a policy that would benefit Pakistan’s 22 billion people.

“them [the US] We canceled our trip to Russia and stopped trading with them. [our] relations with China. They’re requesting a base here to stop international terrorism in Afghanistan.” He insisted that Pakistan would not allow itself to interfere with anyone else’s war.

“They thought Pakistan could be used like a toilet paper, like in the war on terror,” the former prime minister said. “This is the first reason they conspired. [against me] Then they found receptive people.”

Separately, Imran said in response to a question that he does not believe Pakistan should belong to any bloc.

He recalled that Pakistan suffered so much disgrace during the war on terror that over 80,000 people died, but the country’s worth was never recognized. “I want us to have an independent foreign policy like India,” the PTI representative said. “India is a strategic ally of the United States, but at the same time it has good relations with Russia.”

“Why can’t Pakistan do that?” he asked

“The US hatched this conspiracy when we did because Pakistan wasn’t used to defending itself. And these idiots are helping them in this now.”

Imran has since rejected a committee formed by the Shehbaz government to investigate cryptographs that it claimed contained evidence of foreign conspiracy against the PTI government.

“The only committee we will accept is the Supreme Court, chaired by the Chief Justice of Pakistan. The condition is that there is a public hearing on what happened from start to finish,” he argued.

Fallout of Jahangir Khan Tarin and Alim Khan

The PTI president also revealed the reason for his breakup with his closest allies, Jahangir Khan Tareen and Aleem Khan.

“Both joined the party 11 years ago and made a huge contribution,” he said. “But did they get into politics for an ideal like me? I came into politics to work for idealism, change, welfare state, new Pakistan. Unfortunately they [Tareen and Aleem] I didn’t come to power for my ideals. And now it’s clear because they’re standing with the people I’ve called from day one.”

Imran said the differences with Tareen came when the government started investigating the sugar scandal. “Aleem Khan wanted to legalize the 300-acre land he had purchased along the banks of the Ravi River, which is illegal.”

Imran added that all of his former allies expected to do the same thing Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari did when they came to power: to legalize illegal activity.

“So the difference started then. And now the aspect they took makes it clear that corruption means nothing to them.”

majority government

Imran also said he would like to form a majority government if he wins the election.

“If I get a majority, I can change the law to save these corrupt people. I’m pretty sure I won’t want to come to power if I don’t get a majority,” he said. His government’s “hands were tied this time”.

“What I’ve learned in these 3.5 years is that the majority matters. Without it, there can be no reform. We had a coalition government and the biggest problem was that we were vulnerable and we were always worried. Completing the numbers. ‘ said the PTI president.

Mass Mobilization and Future Plans

Meanwhile, Imran reconsidered her expulsion and said that her inner feelings were bitter. “It’s sad, but I’m glad I’ve never seen people take to the streets like this. In 10 days there were record rallies in three major cities and I wasn’t expecting it.”

As the former prime minister pointed out, the people were outraged for three reasons. He was a foreign conspiracy, theft, and defector to overthrow a democratically elected government.

He argued that the “conspirators” did not expect the public to react that way. “I didn’t expect the public to stand up and come out like this. It’s shocking. I never imagined that people in the institution would stand up like this.”

“…I think record-breaking people in Pakistan’s history will come out into the streets when we give the date of the Islamabad Free March,” Imran declared.

When the PTI comes to power again, he shared his plans, saying it would appoint foreign experts to each ministry, give power to dedicated and idealistic people, and strengthen crackdowns on corrupt people.