The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) has dismissed BBC Urdu’s story that claims that Former Prime Minister Imran Khan was pushing for the removal of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
“BBC Urdu story published today is totally baseless and a pack of lies. The typical propaganda story lacks any credible, authentic and relevant source and violates basic journalistic ethos,” the statement issued by ISPR read.
“There is no truth in the fake story whatsoever and clearly seems part of an organised disinformation campaign. The matter is being taken up with BBC authorities,” it added.
The story that was published in BBC Urdu claims that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa was removed by PM Imran Khan last night but the notification couldn’t be issued from ministry of interior. The story further claims that an emergency petition was filed by Advocate Adnan Iqbal in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday, seeking to restrain Prime Minister Imran Khan from de-notifying General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
It was also written in the story that the COAS and the former PM had a 45 minutes meeting in PM house. However, no names were mentioned in the story.
As per Journalist Salman Masood, “COAS Gen Bajwa did not visit the Prime Minister’s Office last evening.”
The Opposition’s no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan succeeded on Sunday, April 10, with 174 members voting in favour of the motion. The magic number to oust Khan was ‘172’. The National Assembly debated on the matter for more than 12 hours and the political situation in the country took a critical turn.
PM Khan was voted out as Prime Minister of Pakistan a little after midnight with 174 votes.