Former Pak PM Imran Khan blames ex-Army chief Bajwa for orchestrating his imprisonment

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Imran Khan additionally blamed Bajwa for making a notion of the previous as being “anti-US”.

In a media interview, former PM and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, Imran Khan, who’s at present lodged in Adiala Jail (Rawalpindi), accused former Army Chief, Qamar Javed Bajwa of his imprisonment.

“I am certain that this ordeal was orchestrated by General Bajwa. I hold no one else responsible. He meticulously planned and executed this scheme, presenting himself as a deceitful figure, creating lies and false narratives to cause national and international chaos – all to secure his extension,” he mentioned.

Imran Khan additionally blamed Bajwa for making a notion of the previous as being “anti-US”. Khan, who grew to become PM in August 2018, was dubbed as a ‘laadla’ (favorite) of the military by opposition events (the 2018 election was rigged in favour of Khan’s PTI by the Pakistan army). Khan’s ouster in April 2022 was attributed in the direction of his variations with the Pakistan military on overseas coverage points – particularly what was perceived as Khan’s ‘anti-US’ and ‘Pro-Russia’ slant by the Pakistan army. While initially after his elimination, Khan blamed the US for his elimination, afterward, he sought to fix fences with the West.

Days earlier than Khan’s assertion, former PM Nawaz Sharif — who was elected as President of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) on May 28, 2024 — blamed late General Pervez Musharraf – the architect of the Kargil battle — for violation of the Lahore settlement.

Said Nawaz Sharif: “After that, Vajpayee Saheb came here and made an agreement with us. But we violated that agreement. It was our fault”. Ironically, Sharif was initiated into Pakistan politics, within the early Eighties throughout the army rule of General Zia Ul Haq. Sharif first served as Finance Minister of Punjab (Pakistan) after which Chief Minister of the nation’s most populous province, earlier than holding the place of Pakistan Prime Minister thrice (1990-1993, 1997-1999 and 2013-2017). While the military and ISI performed an necessary function within the cobbling of a coalition, which paved the best way of the set up of Nawaz Sharif as PM — in 1990 — afterward he fell out with the military. One of the important thing causes was Sharif’s dedication to determine the writ of civilian establishments within the nation and his overseas coverage – particularly relating to the normalisation of ties with India (Sharif has repeatedly pitched for stronger financial relations with India). The former Pakistan PM has additionally repeatedly acknowledged that Pakistan shouldn’t blame exterior forces for its present financial mess however look inwards.

Even the February 2024 election was rigged in favour of the PML-N because of the Pakistan military’s fallout with Imran Khan. Shehbaz Sharif — brother of Nawaz Sharif — grew to become PM on account of his comparatively higher equation with the Pakistan military and his capacity to work with different events (Shehbaz Sharif had run a coalition between April 2022 and August 2023).

From each Sharif and Khan’s statements a couple of factors are clear. First, Pakistan is prone to be run by what are dubbed as ‘hybrid regimes’ within the imminent future, until there’s a elementary shift in Pakistan’s polity and the political class is ready to efficiently tackle the challenges – financial and overseas policy-related — the nation faces (the Pakistan army has taken benefit of the failures of the political class up to now). There additionally needs to be a political consensus inside the nation to determine civilian supremacy. Political rivals ought to make sure that their opponents full their phrases and shouldn’t topple governments with the help of the Pakistan army.

Second, even leaders with a transparent mandate, who’re in style, aren’t free to claim themselves on key overseas coverage points – particularly Pakistan’s ties with India. While the military could give the impression that it’s keen to re-orient its ties with India, there are sections which scuttle any such try.

Third, for a number of international locations – particularly China which has invested within the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – the Pakistan military is necessary in an effort to preserve the safety of the infrastructure, which China has invested in, in addition to Chinese nationals working within the nation (China has repeatedly expressed its displeasure to Pakistan relating to the sluggish progress of the CPEC undertaking because of the safety state of affairs within the nation). The Western world – particularly the US – in addition to Gulf international locations have additionally maintained shut ties with the Pakistan military – which represents continuity and stability — inside an unpredictable, turbulent political panorama. The Pakistan military has efficiently leveraged the above, to its profit, for a protracted.

In conclusion, the current statements of arch-rivals Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif spotlight a number of factors, a very powerful one being the overwhelming affect of the Pakistan military on the nation’s political panorama and its indelible imprint on the nation’s overseas coverage.

The writer is a coverage analyst and school member on the Jindal School of International Affairs, OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed above are the writer’s personal and don’t mirror these of DNA)


Nilesh Desai
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