In an unusual attack on Pakistan’s military, ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan acknowledged that his government was a “weak government” that was “blackmailed everywhere” because power was not with him and “everyone knows where it is”.
Imran Khan was ousted from power in April after losing a no-confidence vote in his leadership, which he alleged was part of a US-led conspiracy aimed at him because of his independent foreign policy decisions on Russia, China and Afghanistan.
In an interview with Pakistan’s Bowl News on Wednesday, Imran Khan was asked to recall the events of the night of the no-confidence vote against him, who was issuing the order and who had blocked the case against the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan. Leaders of the Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief said his government was “weak” when it came to power and had to look for coalition partners, adding that if the same situation happened again, it would seek re-election and seek a majority. Neither the government nor anyone at all.
“We were handcuffed. We were blackmailed everywhere. Power was not with us. Everyone knows where Pakistan’s power is, so we had to rely on them,” said the 69-year-old cricketer who went from being a politician. Explain in detail who he was referring to.
Imran Khan, who came to power in 2018 with alleged military support, is the only Pakistani prime minister to be ousted by a no-confidence vote in parliament. He was replaced by Shehbaz Sharif of PML-N.
He said it was essential for the country to have a “strong army” because of the threats posed by enemies, but also to establish a “balance” between a strong army and a strong government.
“We’ve always relied on them. They’ve done a lot of good things but they haven’t done much that they should have done. They have the power because they control institutions like NAB (National Accountability Bureau). We didn’t have control,” he said.
The former prime minister said his government had responsibilities but did not have all the powers and authority.
The Pakistani military, which has ruled the coup-prone country for more than half of its 73-year existence, still wields considerable power over security and foreign policy. However, the military has consistently denied any involvement in politics.
According to experts, Imran Khan, who was ousted after the National Assembly passed a no-confidence motion against him on April 10, apparently lost military support after refusing to support the appointment of Lieutenant General Nadeem Anjum as ISI spy agency. Chief last year. Eventually, he agreed, but his relationship with the military was severed.
In the interview, Imran Khan said, “If I have responsibilities, no management works but full power and authority. A system works only when responsibilities and authority are in one place.”
Mr Khan said the current political situation was a problem for the country as well as the establishment.
“If the organization does not make the right decision, I can assure you in writing that (first of all) they and the army will be destroyed because what will happen to the country if it goes bankrupt,” he said.
“Pakistan is heading towards a default. If that happens, which institution will suffer the most? The army. After the blow, what concessions will be taken from us? Nuclear disarmament,” Mr Khan said.
Imran Khan said that if Pakistan loses its nuclear deterrence, it will be divided into three parts. He warned that if the right decision is not taken at this time, the country will go to suicide.
More persuaded to share his thoughts on the night of the no-confidence vote, Imran Khan refused to go into detail, saying: “History never forgives anyone. Things come out. If you ask me, I will not give details, but when history will be written. Then it will be counted as a night where Pakistan and its institutions have suffered a lot.
“Those institutions have weakened Pakistan which has given Pakistan its foundation and made it stronger,” he said.
Imran Khan said he had “clearly told the neutrals” that his government’s economic performance despite the Kovid-19 epidemic was nothing short of a “miracle”.
“I told them if you do this and if this conspiracy (to remove my government) succeeds then our economy will collapse,” he said.
Imran Khan said the country was at the “peak of a defining moment”, calling it an “establishment trial”. “Everyone knows they are brokers of power, so their trial is going on. It is the judiciary and (also) the trial of the Supreme Court.”
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