LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Pervaiz Elahi has echoed his son Moonis Elahi’s assertion that former military chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa had requested PML-Q to assist Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) throughout no-confidence movement towards former premier Imran Khan, ARY News reported on Sunday.
In an interview with a personal information channel, Punjab CM claimed that former COAS Qamar Bajwa advised him to assist Imran after he shared his reservations about becoming a member of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) alliance as he “did not trust Sharif family”.
Pervaiz Elahi identified that he had obtained affords from each the PTI camp and the then-opposition when no-confidence movement was tabled towards former premier Imran Khan. “God changed our path in the last moments and sent Gen Bajwa to show us the way,” he added.
“When I expressed my concerns about the Sharifs then Bajwa sahab asked me to proceed carefully and said the path going towards Imran is better for you and your friends,’” the chief minister added.
Pervaiz Elahi additional mentioned, “He knew that the Sharif family would not let me to continue as chief minister as they have betrayed me in the past,” sustaining that his son Moonis had additionally urged to aspect with the PTI.
In response to a query, the Punjab CM reaffirmed his dedication to dissolve meeting on Imran Khan’s name. “I will always support the PTI Chairman and will dissolve assembly without any delay,” he mentioned.
Pervaiz Elahi’s assertion comes after his son and PML-Q chief Moonis Elahi mentioned that General (retd) Bajwa had suggested them to again PTI. Speaking to a personal information channel, Moonis Elahi mentioned former COAS Gen Qamar Bajwa can’t be termed a traitor.
He had claimed that they had been advised by the previous chief of the military workers General (retired) Qamar Javed to face firmly united with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the course of the no-confidence movement. After this, I requested my father Pervaiz Elahi to face with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Moonis Elahi added.
Had he [Qamar Bajwa] been towards PTI at that juncture of the no-confidence movement, he simply needed to give a sign, and we might have been sitting with them [PDM], Moonis Elahi mentioned.
Giving extension to ex-COAS Bajwa ‘mistake’
A day earlier, former premier and PTI Chairman Imran Khan mentioned his authorities’s resolution to provide extension to former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa was ‘a mistake’.
While terming the choice a mistake, Imran Khan mentioned that nobody ought to ever get an extension within the military. “When we came into power, our government was facing several problems,” he mentioned, including that extension to former COAS Bajwa was inevitable.
“I would trust whatever ex-COAS General Bajwa said. I would tell him that both of us are thinking about the country; our only purpose was to save the country,” he mentioned, including that he didn’t know the way he was being lied to and betrayed.
He additional mentioned that he obtained a report from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) a few sport being performed, including that his informant from the IB would notify him verbally and never in writing following fears.