Ex-Pakistani PM accuses army chief of toppling his govt

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2020

He also alleged that the military put pressure on the judiciary.

The rally, the largest since the 2018 elections, was organised by opposition parties with the aim to oust the ruling government in the country.

He named Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, alleging that they were responsible for making a "state above the state" and for the presence of "two governments" in the country, among other things.

In his address, the former prime minister also accused the chief of Inter Services Intelligence, Pakistan's premier intelligence agency, of being involved in conspiring against his government.

The Pakistan Democractic Movement, an alliance of the opposition parties, will hold its first anti-government rally at Jinnah Stadium in Gujranwala on October 16. After being sentenced for corruption, he was granted bail to seek medical treatment overseas and has been in London since.

He made the remarks while speaking to reporters in Karachi after reviewing arrangements for the Pakistan Democratic Movement's (PDM) second power show, which is scheduled to be held in the city on Sunday.

"But what can we do when the army is deployed at polling stations in general elections [and] Imran Khan says in every speech "this or that institution is with me, we are all on the same page"?"

Bilawal Bhutto, the son of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who heads her Pakistan People's Party (PPP), and a religious leader, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, were leading separate rallies to join the main gathering.

Sharif has been Pakistan's prime minister three times.

No matter what opposition stages sit-ins or protests, I'll never give National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) to anyone, PM Khan said while talking to Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Information Senator Faisal Javed Khan and Senator Zeeshan Khanzada who called on him in Islamabad.

Mr Khan, who came to power on an anti-graft platform, said on Friday that he was not afraid of the opposition's campaign. The prime minister claimed the rally was aimed at blackmailing him to drop corruption cases against their leaders.

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