President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that he had made it a point to discuss the “game of audio and video leaks” with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir.
“I am surprised why this is going on. It should not continue in any sense of morality,” said Dr. Alvi during a wide-ranging conversation with journalists, leaders of the business community, and foreign diplomats at a dinner on Saturday.
President Alvi revealed that former Army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa and his team helped Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the Senate and during the elections as well.
The President said that Imran Khan had no thought of sacking Gen (retd) Bajwa, stating, “No, I don’t think so. That was a rumor.”
The president said that we should let go of the past and forgive people for the mistakes they had committed earlier, so a new beginning could take place.
“Let’s make a country that we deserve,” the President said. He rued that institutions had not played their role, even the judiciary, pointing out that the courts had given verdicts allowing a dictator to change the constitution. He referred to the Reko Diq case in which Pakistan had to pay a fine of $7 billion.
“If you criticize the judiciary, it will reduce the efficacy of the entire judiciary. If you criticize the army, it becomes a matter of disrepute and we don’t want that,” the president said. He, however, added that this principle was often stretched and applied to every situation, due to which one could not say anything against them.
Discussing Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s response to India, Dr. Alvi remarked that the Minister had done the right thing. He said the world and the global order were based on vested interests. “A good reply was given by Bilawal sahib,” he stated.