Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan claimed that former chief of army staff General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa told him to replace Usman Buzdar with Aleem Khan as Punjab chief minister.
“General (retd) Bajwa’s demand to remove Buzdar was strange,” Khan who leveled allegations against the ex-COAS recently said in an interview with a private television channel.
PTI Chief Imran Khan, who was removed from the prime minister’s office through a no-confidence vote in April, said: “General (retd) Bajwa asked to remove Usman Buzdar. He would insist on making Aleem Khan the chief minister of Punjab.”
The ex-prime minister said that he informed General (retd) Bajwa that Aleem had a lot of allegations leveled against him, and that, in light of those claims, he couldn’t appoint him as the chief minister. The former prime minister revealed that the incumbent CM of Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi did not want Aleem as the province’s chief minister.
Calling all those people involved in ousting his government as “Mir Jaffer and Mir Sadiq”, he said: “Whatever happened with PTI during the last seven months was all because of ex-COAS Gen Bajwa’s policies.”
“Gen (retd) Bajwa would say nobody will take a ticket from PTI and PML-N would form the new government,” he claimed.
Imran Khan alleged that during his government’s tenure, General (retd) Bajwa controlled the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
“NAB was under Bajwa’s control; therefore, he decided who would go in and who will be released. It was not in our hands,” the PTI chief said. He alleged the former Army chief would oversee who should be arrested and who shouldn’t.