COAS Bajwa and DG ISI Hameed behind everything: Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif accuses country’s military and ISI chiefs of toppling his elected government

Gujranwala: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif came down hard on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and held him responsible for poor governance, political and economic instability.

The former premier, who was disqualified by Pakistan’s top court from being a member of National Assembly, also took a hard line against Director General (DG) Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt General Faiz Hameed and criticized him over his alleged role along with COAS in managing judiciary, 2018 general election and paving way for Imran Khan to become prime minister.

“COAS and DG ISI will have to answer the public on poor governance and rising inflation in the country,” said Sharif in his address via video link to the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) first power show in Gujranwala, Punjab against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led federal government.

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Sharif, recently declared absconder by Pakistan’s superior court, has been in London on medical grounds. He has been directly targeting military establishment since the convention of opposition’s All Parties Conference (APC) which led the creation of PDM.    

Sharif in his addresses to APC and PMLN’s executive committee had said that his fight was not with Imran Khan but against ‘those’ who brought him in the power.

However, now Sharif for the first time took names of powerful military’s chief and DG ISI accusing them of being behind his ouster as prime minister and for bringing Khan into power.

Sharif’s comments come less than a month after COAS Bajwa and DG ISI Hameed called on the key opposition leaders to convey them to refrain from dragging the military into politics. Before the meeting, the military reportedly leaked news regarding PMLN leader Muhammad Zubair’s meeting with COAS Bajwa for seeking relief for Sharif family.

Political analysts have divided views on Sharif’s constant hardline against the military. One section believes that statements by Sharif would have repercussions not only on alleged corruption cases against his brother and President PMLN Shahbaz Sharifs but it would also have implications on the Sharif’s pending appeals against accountability court’s verdict in Avenfield and Al-Azizia references.

They further believe that such negative implications on the fate of appeals would lead to Sharif’s lifetime self-exile. However, they have also not ruled out the chances of division within PMLN and subsequently producing Pakistan Muslim League Shahbaz (PMLS), who would be considered as a pro-military establishment.

Another section of analysts, however, believe that Sharif’s rigid stance would not only further strengthen the PMLN’s narrative of ‘vote ko izzat do’ but it would also keep the party more united than ever.   They are of the further view that the successful agitation by PDM could potentially create the environment of minus Imran Khan PTI-led federal government.

They believe that military establishment, which is in defensive position due to the rigid stance of opposition parties, is working on a contingency plan in case of minus-one eventuality.

Some analysts link the unity of enthusiastic opposition parties with the incompetence of the incumbent government. Senior journalist and anchor Rauf Klasra in his current affairs show on a private news channel said, “The public would have forgotten the political parties, now in opposition, had there been some performance by the incumbent government.”

Rauf Klasra in his latest Vlog revealed that some of the PMLN leaders were dismayed on the speech of Sharif in which he targeted COAS and DG ISI. According to him, some leaders were of the view that the speech by Sharif had made it difficult for them to do politics.

He said that those PMLN leaders facing cases were more disappointed because they could again be sent to jail due to a bold stance of Sharif. Rauf Klasra further revealed that PMLN leaders, who were sitting on the stage in Gujranwala, were surprised over the speech and started messaging each other via Whatsapp as to what was happening.

Rauf Klasra in his Vlog revealed that some of the PMLN leaders were dismayed on the speech of Sharif in which he targeted COAS and DG ISI. According to him, some leaders were of the view that Sharif through his speech had made it difficult for them to do politics.

He said that those PMLN leaders facing cases were more disappointed because they could again be sent to jail due to a bold stance of Sharif. Rauf Klasra further revealed that PMLN leaders, who were sitting on the stage in Gujranwala, were surprised over the speech and started messaging each other via Whatsapp as to what was happening.

“The speech was also a surprise for military chiefs who were not expecting that Sharif could have taken their names. It happened for the first time that a three-time elected prime minister from Punjab severely criticized and accused military establishment,” said Rauf Klasra in his Vlog. 

During his address to Gujranwala power show, where top opposition leaders gathered to proceed with their anti-government campaign, Sharif questioned who made the state above a state and who was responsible for the parallel governments in this country.

 “You can label me a traitor if you want, seize my properties, file false cases against me but I will continue to speak for his people,” said Sharif in an apparent message to the establishment.

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Sharif also lambasted the federal government for failing to do its job. He said that people were paying for its incompetence. He questioned why a dictator despite being convicted in a high treason case and awarded death penalty was able to get away but civilian leaders like him were being victimized.

He also questioned why the elected prime ministers were forced to leave the office without completing their five-year term as mandated in the constitution.

He added that this was not the first time that dictators had used the term of traitor for civilians to ousting them because civilians talked about supremacy of law and constitution. He once again recalled that Chairman CPEC Lt Gen (r) Asim Saleem Bajwa was still not facing any corruption reference over alleged assets beyond known sources of income. He said that NAB should have investigated the allegations. He repeated the accusation that NAB was not impartial in dealing with the cases.

Other prominent leaders including PMLN’s Vice President Maryam Nawaz, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardar, Jamiat-e-Ulma-e-Islam Fazal (JUIF) Chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman also addressed the gathering.

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