In a reported interview with a local media outlet, former army chief General (retd) Qamar Bajwa said that he was not responsible for Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as prime minister.
When Bajwa’s case was heard by the Supreme Court, he was asked if he was to blame for Nawaz’s disqualification. He answered that the summit court had started hearings on the Panama Papers during PTI’s second lengthy walk before he turned into the military boss.
He maintained that the SC was doing “a lot of things” and that the army could not control everything.
The previous armed force boss was then inquired as to whether previous ISI boss General Faiz Hameed could pull off the accomplishment without anyone else, to which the ex-COAS expressed that “when you are requesting that somebody complete eight things, and assuming that he does ten, you can’t ask him”. He went on to say that the phenomenon was occurring all over the world and that intelligence agencies were doing a lot of things out of the blue.
The interviewer asked Bajwa once more if he had disqualified Nawaz, and he gave the same response.
The five Supreme Court justices made the decision. What can you do when the judges issue an order? Additionally, Justice Khosa had a personal animosity toward the Sharif family. In the interview, the former army chief stated, “Shabbaz Sharif divorced Justice Khosa’s sister in the nineties.” He questioned how he could disqualify Nawaz when the PML-N leader was responsible for making him the army chief. He went on to say that the army had “nothing to do with Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification” and that Nawaz was always “good and decent” with him.
Bajwa claimed that the army provided the evidence because the SC had given it to them to bring evidence. He claimed that General (ret.) Asim Munir, who was sent to the UAE by him and brought back the iqama that was the basis for Nawaz’s disqualification, had favorable relations with Arab nations.
The interviewer then gave Nawaz the iqama and inquired if the UAE was “angry” with him for not supporting them in the Yemen war.
The former high-ranking soldier responded that such a thing did not exist and that the iqama was given because it was discovered.
“[The former premier] Shahid Khaqan Abbasi came to me and took me to Daman hill while the Panama case was in court. We spent three hours there. He advised us to assist Nawaz in the Panama case. He narrated, reiterating that Sharif had committed numerous errors throughout the case, and he stated, “I said that I can’t help him much because he has made a lot of mistakes.”
He stated that Nawaz did not agree to Chaudhry Nisar’s request not to include ISI and MI officers in the joint investigation team (JIT) and that Nisar had also prohibited Nawaz from writing a letter to the Supreme Court in support of the JIT.
“I also sent a message to four or five people to ask Nawaz to oppose the JIT’s inclusion of army officers, but Nawaz was extremely self-assured and did not agree,” I wrote. Nawaz was certain that he had all of the paperwork. Because of his honesty, he also wanted to stop the army. Bajwa stated, “But the issue was that if Nawaz Sharif was acquitted, all the debris would fall on the army.”
He proceeded with that the SC chose to shape a JIT, so he called the Chief General ISI (DG-ISI) and said that the military ought to escape this case, however the DG fought that their contribution was a request from the SC.
The questioner asked how the preclusion happened and assuming that there were any ‘simply judges’ in the SC.
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However, I was under pressure during the PML-N administration for three reasons: Musharraf was subjected to Article 6 when the PML-N government took office. Then the Panama Papers came, and the “cheat state leader” was scrutinized wherever in the media. After that, the army came under pressure as a result of Dawn Leaks’ tweet being removed. Maryam Nawaz’s strategic media cell claimed that the army had retreated for the second time since 1971 after Dawn Leaks’ tweet was removed, “he stated, adding that these were the reasons he could not assist Nawaz much.”
After that, the interviewer asked Bajwa if Shahid Khaqan Abbasi would leave the PML-N. Bajwa responded that he would not, stating that Abbasi was a very capable individual who had done a “great job” as prime minister. He added that Abbasi was also very knowledgeable about the economy.
At the point when gotten some information about the Sunrise Holes, Bajwa expressed that after he turned into the head of the military and went to meet the chief at the top state leader’s home, there was “a ton of discussion of the Day break spills”.
Political parties don’t know that the army chief was very important and that the army never gave up on its previous chief. At the point when Article 6 was forced on Broad Musharraf, the military betrayed Nawaz and afterward the military even saved Musharraf. He stated, “Musharraf would occasionally vanish on his way to the court and then arrive at the hospital.”
Dawn leaks The former COAS gave “his side of the story” about the Dawn leaks, saying that when he became army chief and went to meet Nawaz, Nisar told him that the Dawn leaks needed to be brought to a logical conclusion, which meant putting an end to the investigation completely, which Bajwa agreed to.
Bajwa called the DG-ISI at the time, Naveed Mukhtar, and inquired about the Dawn Leaks investigation’s outcome after Nisar repeated the same statement later. He stated that Mukhtar had stated that there was some evidence that journalist Cyril Almeida spoke with Pervez Rasheed on the phone for 70 minutes, but that the nature of the conversation was unknown.
Bajwa stated that the Dawn Leaks actually contained “nothing,” but junior officers frequently questioned him wherever he went.
“After that, I talked to Chaudhry Nisar and Ishaq Dar about having the journalists’ case sent to CPNE because I didn’t want to touch the hornet’s nest,” she said.
He went on to say that it was decided to take administrative action against the rest. After that, he went to Nawaz and tried to get him to let Pervez Rasheed go. Nawaz eventually agreed, and Pervez Rasheed and Tariq Fatemi would be fired. He went on to say that the journalists’ cases would be sent to the CPNE, and the other cases would be dealt with by the department.
“However, when I went to Lahore a day later, the Dawn Leaks notification started playing on another news channel. The channel began saying that the public authority didn’t rebuff the co-blamed and the government provided a fragmented warning”.
Continue reading Shehbaz asserts that he turned down Bajwa’s offer to become PM in 2018. Bajwa added that the media put a lot of pressure on the army and that he called General (retd) Asif Ghafoor, who tweeted that the notification was’rejected’ on his own.
“I left on the day I was supposed to go to Fata, and then I got a call saying that the prime minister wanted to meet me right away. At the point when I arrived at the head of the state’s home, Nawaz Sharif emerged and invited me. But he didn’t say a word. I thought he’d be enraged and feel bad about it.
According to Bajwa, Nawaz only requested that he (Bajwa) refrain from making decisions out of rage at the conclusion of the meeting.
“It seemed obvious me that something had turned out badly. The premier was scheduled to visit China two days later. He added, “Now generals and political leaders started coming to me and saying that I should not take back the tweet.” Khawaja Asif and other Muslim Leaguers also came to him and said he shouldn’t take back the tweet.
However, I was unable to send the nation’s prime minister to China in a subordinate position. The tweet was withdrawn because of the uncertainty surrounding the position of a prime minister in China who did not even have access to his army.
Armed force commanders
The questioner expressed that it was said that General (retd) Naveed Mukhtar was a refined man and was not excessively strong while General Faiz accomplished basically everything. He wondered if this was because Bajwa gave Faiz power and authority.
They were obsessed with “bringing in” PTI chief Imran Khan, the former army chief stated, and this was the case.
“It was said that General Raheel Sharif created the Dawn Leaks issue to obtain an extension, but there was nothing actually in it. Nawaz stated that whenever General Raheel and General Rizwan Akhtar came for a meeting, they used to talk about the extension of General Raheel Sharif when Dawn discussed the leaks with him.
Bajwa continued by stating that Rizwan instructed Nawaz to grant General Raheel a three-year extension in front of Raheel, but that Rizwan instructed Nawaz to grant only a one-year extension after Raheel left because Rizwan was the next in line after Raheel.
When the interviewer inquired about Bajwa’s forgiveness for Rizwan and Asim Bajwa, the former COAS responded that he would forgive anyone who had come before him.
“I received reports that General Rizwan was constantly interfering in politics, so I wanted to remove him from ISI and give him command. His actions were reported two or three times, and some of them involved corruption. As a result, he was fired,” he went on to say.
According to him, Asim Bajwa asked for forgiveness, and as a result, he received Southern Command. He went on to say that the current COAS, Asim Munir, had frequently asserted that Bajwa had forgiven people, but Gen. Munir had not.