ISLAMABAD: Parties in the coalition government were “afraid” that I would appoint Colonel-General Faiz Hameed as the next army chief, PTI chairman Imran Khan said on Wednesday.
The PTI chairman, while attacking the government during a seminar on “Conspiracy to Change Regime and Destabilize Pakistan,” said: “They were afraid I would appoint Colonel-General Faiz. They were afraid that if that happened, it would ruin their future. “
The ousted prime minister said that the current rulers are “afraid of the army and intelligence services among the services” because they know that their “corruption” will be caught at some point.
“Imran Khan does not want to save his corruption, he does not want to appoint his army chief,” the PTI leader said.
Khan said the current rulers claim he wanted to appoint an army chief of his choice.
“I never thought about appointing someone as army chief. I have never made a decision that is not based on merit. “
The PTI president rebuked the current rulers for allegedly “killing institutions” and placing “their people” in each institution.
‘Conspiracy to change regime’
Turning to a “conspiracy change regime,” Khan said the United States is not changing regimes for the betterment of the country. He does that only for his own interests, not for ours, he added.
He said that in the past, the United States used Pakistan for the “war on terror,” resulting in heavy casualties in Islamabad, while its air bases were also used for drone strikes.
“It is in our interest that our soil is not used against Afghanistan or any other country. America wanted us to accept India’s demands. He wanted us to forget Kashmir and accept Israel, ”he said.
Khan said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Donald Lou “arrogantly threatened” Pakistan, so can a “sovereign nation” accept such threats.
The PTI president said he was aware of a “conspiracy” to overthrow his government. “People ask me if I knew about it, then why didn’t I do anything? Well, I never imagined that she would appoint Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister. “
Addressing the “neutrals”, Khan said Shehbaz had been indicted in corruption cases worth Rs 16 billion.
The PTI president said the measures being taken today will lead the country to destruction because a “circus” is taking place in Punjab and that the judiciary now has a huge responsibility.
‘Freedom from NAB’
Speaking to seminar participants, former Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin said the government was not formed to help people, but to “get rid of the NAB (National Accountability Bureau)” for the rulers.
In a sharp attack on the government, Tarin said she was so “incompetent” that a mini-budget is expected later this month – after reaching an agreement with the International Monetary Fund.
Pakistan and the IMF developed a broader budget agreement for 2022-2023 on Tuesday night. to revise upward the goal of the Federal Revenue Committee (FBI) and reduce expenditures to achieve surplus revenues in the next fiscal year.
An agreement is expected soon.
The former finance minister said there were rumors of a further increase in the price of petrol by Rs 50 per liter, which would exacerbate the burden on the masses – who are already receiving Rs 234 goods.
‘Mode change not yet completed’
In his address to the seminar, PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry said that Energy Minister Khurram Dastagir admitted in a television program that the coalition government had come to power to end their cases.
Last week, during an interview with a private channel, Dastagir admitted that coalition government leaders knew there would be massive disqualification by the end of this year if things continue according to Khan’s plans.
The former information minister said the government used 22 members of the National Assembly (MNA) belonging to the PTI to come to power because he claimed the opposition at the time did not have a number to remove Khan.
“The request for no confidence was not local, it was based on a foreign agenda,” he said. Chaudhry hoped the Supreme Court would respond to PTI’s prayer to form a commission to investigate the alleged foreign conspiracy.
“If you asked me if the conspiracy to overthrow the regime was over, my answer would be no. The regime change is still ready in Punjab, “the former information minister said.
For her part, senior PTI leader Shireen Mazari said a “conspiracy” had been hatched against the Khan-led government, which led to her overthrow two months ago.
“It was a conspiracy first, then they [foreign powers] mixed, ”she said, criticizing the government for“ proposing ”talks and friendship with New Delhi.
Former human rights said that after Khan’s “refusal” to give air bases to the United States, America “intensified” its “conspiracy” against the PTI president.
“Kashmiri people are dying, and our foreign minister is dying [Bilawal Bhutto] proposes to promote trade with India. Trade with India is an American agenda, ”the PTI leader added.
Mazari was referring to Bilawal’s address at the Islamabad Institute for Strategic Studies (ISSI). The foreign ministry said last week that the statements were “interpreted out of context and misrepresented.”