Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, has claimed that former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa was very close to current Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif.
“There was information that General Bajwa was in contact with Shehbaz Sharif and Nawaz Sharif. The plan was to bring Shehbaz Sharif [into power] and remove me,” said Khan in an interview with GNN.
“Ishaq Dar, Nawaz Sharif’s sons and Shehbaz Sharif’s son-in-law fled during his tenure. In the beginning, there were a lot of doubts, we couldn’t understand,” he revealed.
“Gen Bajwa would say one thing but something else was happening on the ground”, said the former Prime Minister.
“When I see it now, it becomes clear that Bajwa doctrine was to not allow anyone to strengthen so much that they can’t be controlled,” he stated.
Talking about the current political situation, he claimed a “game” is still being played to stop him from coming back to power “by all means”.
“Even if you stop Imran Khan [from coming to power], how will you fix the issues faced by the country?” he asked.
Imran Khan has been criticizing General Bajwa since the latter retired on November 26 in 2022. However, in a press conference held in November, it was alleged by Director General Inter-Services Intelligence, General Nadeem Anjum, that Imran Khan had secretly met General Bajwa and offered him an extension in his tenure.