Faiz, Bajwa responsible for Pakistan’s current crisis: Nawaz Sharif
- Nawaz says “Tabdeeli” project was envisioned by Gen (retd) Shuja Pasha, Gen (retd) Zaheer-ul-Islam.
- “We have been treated unjustly and cruelly,” Nawaz tells journalists.
- PML-N supremo says PDM took over to save Pakistan from a “madman” called Imran Khan.
LONDON: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif blamed General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa and Lieutenant General (retd) Faiz Hameed for the current mess in the country.
The former prime minister, while speaking to the journalists after a long time on Thursday evening, held the aforementioned ex-military men for spinning Pakistan around for their personal wishes and whims in the form of installing the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in 2018.
He recalled his Gujranwala speech at the PML-N public gathering on October 16, 2020 where he directly accused the then chief of army staff Gen (retd) Bajwa and then-director-general Inter-Services Intelligence Lt Gen Faiz of rigging elections.
He had blamed the military top brass for installing PTI Imran Khan as the prime minister in violation of the constitution, removing his government, muzzling the media, pressurising the judiciary and victimising opposition politicians.
The former prime minister said that in his Gujranawala speech, he named the people responsible for the mess Pakistan was pushed into. “Lt Gen (retd) Faiz and Gen (retd) Bajwa were responsible for making it all about their personalities, wishes and desires,” said Nawaz.
Two days ago, The News reported that Nawaz had decided to focus his attack on four persons for bringing Pakistan to near ruin — and these four individuals are retired judges Saqib Nisar, Asif Saeed Khosa, General (retd) Bajwa, Lt General (retd) Faiz Hameed and Imran Khan.
Nawaz told the journalists outside his son’s office that he didn’t mince facts when informing the Pakistani nation about the cruelty and injustice he and Pakistan had been subjected to. He said: “We have been treated unjustly and cruelly and it’s my responsibility to point that out.”
Nawaz further added that the people of Pakistan are well aware of the “faces and characters of the two retired generals who are believed to be behind implementing the Tabdeeli project originally envisioned by former intelligence chiefs General (retd) Shuja Pasha, General (retd) Zaheer-ul-Islam and their colleagues.”
He said he had discussed Pakistan’s current situation with Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Senator Dr Afnan Khan, MNA Javed Lateef, and others after the interior minister arrived in London to hold talks with the party leader.
“Inshallah, all will be well. Pakistan will come out of the difficulties and we will make sure that happens. Our track record of progress is a witness and it’s not possible that we will not make that happen,” he maintained.
Calling Khan a “mad man”, Nawaz said: “Compare his [performance during the] four years of [PTI] government with four years of our government and you will see how happy and prosperous people were in two tenures and how he [Khan] destroyed Pakistan,” the former PM said.
Nawaz said that the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) took over the government after winning the vote of no-confidence to “save Pakistan from this madman” because “he had created a catastrophic situation for Pakistan.”
‘Coming elections will show PML-N’s strength’
Speaking on the occasion, the interior minister told the media that the PML-N lost the vote of confidence in the Punjab Assembly due to the “doublespeak” of the chief minister who had earlier said he won’t take a vote of confidence or dissolve the assembly and then suddenly decided to go for it.
Sanaullah said: “We had the numbers and we will show we have the numbers. The coming elections will show PML-N’s strength and victory. We are fully prepared for the elections and we will show our strength with full force”.
The minister revealed that more meetings will be held over the weekend and party’s election campaign will kick start according to the guidance given by Nawaz.
He confirmed that Maryam will return next week to Pakistan.
Commenting on the Nawaz’s return, he said: “It is understood Mian Nawaz Sharif will return and he will lead the party’s election campaign. The legal formalities regarding his return were also discussed and some steps will be taken in this regard.
“Nawaz’s return is critical as he is the leader of the party, he has the vote and support of the people. There is no doubt that he is vital for Pakistan.”
Sanaullah said reports regarding differences with Shahed Khaqan Abbasi were false, clarifying that Abbasi was very much part of the party. “There are no differences and Abbasi is committed to the party and he is very much part of the party,” he said.
Ex-Punjab CM Usman Buzdar becomes latest PTI leader to quit politics
- Buzdar cites current circumstances reason behind quitting politics.
- Former CM calls on all stakeholders to reach a consensus.
- He condemns May 9 incidents, says “we should avoid such incidents”.
Former Punjab chief minister Usman Buzdar Friday became the latest Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader to quit politics in the aftermath of the May 9 violent riots.
“First of all, I condemn the May 9 incidents. The military installations which were targeted were properties of the state of Pakistan and I believe we should avoid such incidents,” Buzdar told journalists during a press conference in Lahore.
Buzdar, whose term as Punjab’s chief minister was cut short in March 2022, said he had always stood with the armed forces of Pakistan and will continue to do so.
“I have always committed to politics of nobility […] but due to the current circumstances, I have decided to quit politics,” the former chief minister, once considered to be close to PTI Chairman Imran Khan, said.
The former chief minister called on all stakeholders to reach a consensus and asked the authorities to release all those who were innocent from jail.
Khan’s party has been feeling the heat of the state’s might after his party workers burnt and smashed military installations, including the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, after his arrest on May 9 — a day the army dubbed as “Black Day”.
Several party leaders and thousands of workers have been rounded up in connection with the violent protests and the army has insisted that the people involved in attacks on military installations be tried under the Pakistan Army Act and the Official Secrets Act.
A close aide of Khan, Asad Umar, has relinquished his posts of secretary general and core committee member, citing the ongoing situation.
Several party leaders and lawmakers — including Fawad Chaudhry, Shireen Mazari, Aamir Mehmood Kiani, Malik Amin Aslam, Mahmood Moulvi, Aftab Siddiqui, Fayyazul Hassan Chohan among others — have publicly denounced the attacks on the state installations and announced leaving the former ruling party since the May 9 vandalism.
Imran Khan’s ‘rights abuses allegations’ ploy to distract from May 9 riots: PM Shehbaz
- PM says PTI chief “capable of going to any extreme”.
- Says he is “not surprised” by Imran Khan’s “antics”.
- “Everything about Imran Khan is hate, division and lie.”
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif slammed his predecessor Imran Khan for “misleading and baseless allegations” of “rights abuses”, saying that it was a ploy to distract attention from his involvement in May 9 events.
“Make no mistake about the evil intent behind Imran Niazi’s latest ploy to defame our law enforcement agencies and police. Yet again he is making misleading and baseless allegations of the “rights abuses” just to distract attention for his culpability in the tragic events of May 9,” the premier wrote on his official Twitter handle.
PM Shehbaz, who is also the president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), also said that he was “not surprised” by the former prime minister’s “antics”.
He added that the PTI chief was “capable of going to any extreme” as he “persistently” uses “foul language against the state institutions, incite[s] people to violence and attack[s] the state symbols and military installations & bring[s] down martyrs’ monuments”.
The prime minister went on to write on the tweet: “He [Khan] presides over a disinformation apparatus that deploys fake news methodically to fool the people. Everything about him is hate, division and lie.”
A crackdown has been launched against PTI following the arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan from the Islamabad High Court’s premises.
Khan’s arrest last month sparked days of street protests after which the PTI leaders’ exodus started, as security forces launched a crackdown against the party following the attacks on civil and military institutions, including the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi and the Lahore Corps Commander’s House (Jinnah House). At least eight people were killed in the violent protests almost across the country.
Amid these arrests, an exchange of accusations began between the Imran Khan-led PTI and the federal government involving alleged “ill-treatment” of the party’s women workers and supporters during the custody.
The government has maintained that the PTI’s claims are unfounded.
Last week, in a late-night press conference, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said that the PTI planned to highlight human rights violations in Pakistan on a global scale after orchestrating a simulated raid at a certain known party worker, involving a rape and casualties caused by gunfire.
The security czar said that intelligence agencies intercepted an audio clip that sheds light on a conspiracy hatched by the PTI to malign the country’s law-enforcement agencies.
Reacting to his presser, Imran Khan on Sunday said Sanaullah is “so obviously trying to cover up and preempt the horror stories about to break in the media.”
“If there were any doubts about women being mistreated in jails, this press conference from this certified criminal should remove all such doubts,” he wrote on Twitter.
PTI President Parvez Elahi arrested in Lahore
- Former Punjab CM was arrested by anti-corruption personnel.
- He was wanted in Rs70m corruption case related to uplift funds.
- Elahi’s son says his father was taken into custody in a fake case.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Parvez Elahi was arrested by anti-corruption officials from Lahore outside his home, Geo News reportedon Thursday.
The former Punjab chief minister was taken into custody by the anti-corruption personnel after pulling over his car near Zahoor Elahi’s residence in Lahore’s Gulberg area.
Elahi’s spokesperson has confirmed the development.
The development came after an anti-corruption court last week discarded his interim bail over his failure to appear before the court citing health issues.
His arrest was required in the Rs70 million corruption case related to the embezzlement of development funds allocated for the Gujrat district.
The anti-corruption court judge also declared Elahi’s medical certificate bogus which claimed that he had been experiencing chest pain.
The anti-corruption spokesperson in a statement said Elahi was taken into custody while trying to flee and added that he was wanted in various corruption cases.
The spokesperson also said that Elahi was arrested as his bail was discarded by the court for submitting a fake medical certificate.
In a statement to the police, Elahi’s driver said the PTI leader was fleeing to Gilgit Baltistan along with a convoy of four vehicles.
He said Elahi was not travelling in a bulletproof vehicle and added that police tried to break the car’s window after the PTI president refused to open the gate.
Speaking to Geo News, Punjab caretaker Information Minister Amir Mir said Elahi was wanted by the anti-corruption police in a graft case.
He said the PTI president was fleeing from his residence when the police intercepted his vehicle and took him into custody.
The minister added that resistance was put up during the arrest but the police managed to arrest him.
The PTI leader’s spokesperson said Elahi’s son Rasikh and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain’s sister were also present with him during the arrest.
Elahi’s arrest came as hundreds of PTI leaders and workers have been arrested since May 9 violent protests erupted almost across the country.
The crackdown on PTI leadership in the wake of the May 9 riots triggered a wave of desertion in the former ruling party with many bigwigs including Shireen Mazari, Fawad Chaudhry, Aami Mehmood Kiani, Ali Zaidi and others have parted ways with the party in protest against the violent protests.
Elahi was appointed as the PTI president in March this year only a month after he along with 10 former MPAs left the PML-Q to join the PTI.
Moonis Elahi, the PTI president’s son — who is active in politics and played a key role in convincing his father to join the PTI ranks — said his father was arrested in a fake case.
Moonis said his father and mother had already asked them to support the PTI even if they were arrested.
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