Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday retaliated against former army chief Nawaz Sharif’s allegations of rigging Pakistan’s army chief Bajwa in the election and forming a puppet government in Islamabad. Drawing on Nawaz Sharif, Imran says that the PML-N supremo entered politics in 1980 by polishing General Zia-ul-Haq’s shoes during the 1980 martial law. He also made many more offensive remarks about Nawaz. He said that Sharif was speaking against the army, which army was sacrificing for the nation.
Significantly, 70-year-old Nawaz Sharif, who has been the country’s prime minister three times, was ousted by a court in 2017. For the first time since then, he has made direct statements against Prime Minister Imran Khan, including Army Chief General Kamar Javed Bajwa and ISI Chief Lt. Gen. Fayez Hamed.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accused the country’s military and intelligence agency, the ISI, of ousting them. He also said that both of them have formed their ‘puppet’ government by bringing Imran Khan to power. Sharif was addressing the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance of 11 opposition parties, at Gujranwala, 60 km from Lahore.
He spoke at the event via a video link from London late Friday night. Aiming at the military leadership, Sharif said that Army Chief General Kamar Javed Bajwa had overthrown my government. He rigged the 2018 elections and forced Naqbil Imran Khan into the country. General Bajwa is a direct criminal and must be held accountable. He also accused the ISI of being behind the fall of his government. According to Sharif, the whole episode took place with the help of ISI chief Lieutenant General Fayez Hamed.
On September 20, opposition parties announced the formation of the PDM and a three-phase anti-government campaign. Under this, public meetings, demonstrations and rallies have started across the country to remove the Imran Khan government from power. In January 2021, a Long March for Islamabad will be held.