Fazl says Gen Bajwa was behind no-confidence motion against Imran Khan

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Fazl says Gen Bajwa was behind no-confidence motion against Imran Khan
Fazl says Gen Bajwa was behind no-confidence motion against Imran Khan

Gen Bajwa was behind no-confidence: The no-confidence resolution against former prime minister Imran Khan was submitted on the advice of former army chief general Qamar Javed Bajwa, according to Maulana Fazlur Rehman, president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), a day after the organization rejected the results of the General Election 2024.

The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Fazl, who oversaw Khan’s removal, stated the following in an interview with a private news channel on Thursday: “I was personally against the no-confidence move […] but if I had said no despite insistence of other parties, then an impression would have been given that I’saved’ the PTI founder.”

In April 2022, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) administration was overthrown by the PDM. After 16 months of PDM rule led by Shehbaz Sharif, the country was placed under caretaker government administration.

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“When the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was leading the effort for a no-confidence motion, Lt Gen (retd) Faiz Hamid told me that I could do whatever I wanted, but within the system,” stated Fazl in the interview.

The leader of JUI-F claimed that Hamid informed him that he was unable to “do anything outside the system,” implying that all decisions were to be taken inside the parliament rather than in public.

“But I rejected his directions,” he said, but noted that later on, the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), and others left the PTI-led government.

“When they said that [the anti-PTI] is now in majority, I had to agree with them otherwise it would’ve been said that I helped save Imran Khan,” the JUI-F chief said.

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