Imran claims Bajwa ‘hired’ Haqqani to lobby against him

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Sees ‘no benefit’ in returning to NA

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday once again lashed out at the former army chief Gen (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa and alleged that ex-envoy Hussain Haqqani was “hired” by Bajwa in the US to lobby against Imran.

While talking to journalists in Lahore, the PTI chief said Pakistan’s former ambassador to Washington “Haqqani kept campaigning against me and kept promoting General [retd] Bajwa.”

It is pertinent to note that Imran and his party have time and again claimed that a foreign conspiracy was hatched to remove him from power, wherein he had accused the US of engineering his ouster by supporting the then opposition’s no-confidence motion in April last year. A claim that the US has categorically denied.

During the talk, the former premier also claimed that the relations between him and the former army chief soured because Gen (retd) Bajwa “did not want accountability in the country”.

Recalling the last meeting that took place between him and the ex-COAS, Imran said “Bajwa said that you are a playboy”. To which, the ousted prime minister said that “yes I have been a playboy.

Talking about the government’s advice of returning to the parliament, Imran said that “there is no benefit” in returning to the National Assembly.

“What will we do by going to the National Assembly, there is no benefit,” he said.

The ex-PM reiterated that transparent elections will bring stability to the country. “Let there be transparent elections in the country and make a sustainable government,” he maintained.

The PTI chief furthered that the “establishment can play an important role in getting out of all crises, including the economy.”