IK: Bajwa’s behaviour ‘changed’ after extension

Prime Minister Imran Khan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan Saturday complained about former chief of army staff General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa’s changed behaviour after being granted an extension in tenure as the military’s head.

Imran, while speaking in an interview with a private news channel, said that the former army chief compromised with the Sharifs.

“General Bajwa changed after the extension and compromised with the Sharifs. He decided, at that time, to give them the National Reconciliation Ordinance.” Reiterating his claim about the ex-army chief hiring Hussain Haqqani — Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States of America — to topple Khan’s government, the PTI chief said: “They hired Hussain Haqqani through the Foreign Office and we didn’t know.

They met Haqqani in Dubai and hired him in September 2021.” Khan added that the former diplomat began lobbying against him in the United States and promoted General (retd) Bajwa.

“Gen Bajwa would repeatedly tell us to focus on the economy and forget about accountability,” Khan said. The ex-prime minister said he hoped for the post-Bajwa establishment to be neutral but complained that “Mr X and Mr Y asserted their pressure in Punjab and threatened our people to join the PML-N.”