Javed Chaudhry shares details of Imran Khan, Bajwa rift in Express column
Islamabad: Former army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa has opened up about what led to the end of the Imran Khan’s government.
In his Daily Express column on Thursday, Javed Chaudhry shared the details of his meeting with the former army chief.
Bajwa revealed that he held two meetings with Imran Khan in August and September 2022 after the PTI chairman was ousted through a vote of no confidence in April.
He said the meetings were held on the request of President Arif Alvi.
The former army chief said Major General Irfan had accompanied him to one of the meetinga with Khan in the President House.
He said after he and Major General Irfan had left, the President House staff had searched the rooms for bugging devices.
General (retd) Bajwa said the report of the search for bugging devices got leaked which caused further mistrust.
Bajwa told Chaudhry that Imran Khan asked him to play his role in bringing down Shehbaz Sharif’s government but he refused.
When the Journalist said the army should have saved Khan’s government because it had been doing so since the begining, Bajwa said they decided not to protect Imran Khan because they had come to realize that he and his party were dangerous to Pakistan.
“We knew that Pakistan will not survive if they continue to rule,” Bajwa said.
He then revealed that in one of cabinet meetings Imran Khan had abused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
The former army chief said one of Imran Khan’s minister’s had told the Saudi ambassador about the cuss world use against the crown prince.
He said the diplomat kept trying to get the Punjabi cuss word translated.
Bajwa said he had also requested Imran Khan not to appoint Shaukat Tareen as Finance Minister as he had destroyed his own Silk Bank.
He said instead of paying heed to his advice, Imran Khan asked him to remove NAb cases against Shaukat Tareen.
Bajwa said General (retd) Bajwa had got the job done for Imran Khan.
The former army chief said he could have saved Imran Khan’s government and got retirement as his favorite man but it would damaged the country.