Khan says Gen Bajwa’s retirement should be ‘deferred’

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa should be given an extension till the next elections.

In his interview with Dunya News programme Dunya Kamran Khan Kay Sath, Imran Khan said that the newly elected government should appoint the new army chief, and until then this matter can be deferred.

“How can a fugitive with just 85 seats appoint a new army chief,” he asked, adding that the opponents could appoint a new army chief if they win the election and he would have no problem.

While speaking on general elections, he said, “I am ready to talk with everyone, but first we will talk about the general elections.” However, “they [coalition government] get upset when they hear about elections, so how could I talk to them,” said the former premier.

The former PM said that they still have the option of dissolving the provincial assemblies, and they also have a few ideas that will push the federal government staying within the constitution.

He said that on one hand, a message is being conveyed that everyone should work together, while on the other hand, his party is being pushed against the wall. “I can bring the whole nation onto the streets,” he said.

Imran Khan said that the country is passing through a difficult phase and he decided to stage a peaceful protest and go home, adding that the elections could be delayed by around two months.

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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