Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday said PTI chairman Imran Khan’s long march did not have any democratic goals and he had always resorted to politics while using the shoulders of undemocratic forces. His aim was to link his politics with the new army chief’s appointment, Bilawal noted.
Why Imran has chosen the next week for long march and that too starting from Rawalpindi when the appointment of new chief is to be made, if his goal is true freedom, Bilawal posed a question while addressing a press conference in Islamabad.
Imran Khan wants to force the institutions from playing their constitutional role, said Bilawal and asked him why did he select Rawalpindi for real freedom (Haqeeqi Azadi).
Bilawal noted that the politics and many others would come to an end if the transition from being apolitical to playing the constitutional role was completed.
Asking the PTI chairman and his backers to stop playing with the future of Pakistan, he said it was Imran’s last-ditch effort to make the military’s institutional decision of being apolitical.
He said Imran wanted to make the appointment of new army chief controversial and use the military for unconstitutional objectives. Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa rejected the then prime minister Imran’s offer of lifetime extension, Bilawal added, as the PTI chairman at that time conspired to defeat the no-confidence motion.
Replying to a question, the foreign minister said President Arif Alvi would have to face the consequences if he opted to play an unconstitutional role.
Imran was wrong in assuming that damaging the democracy would give advantage to him as the undemocratic forces were to be the only beneficiary, said the foreign minister.
Imran also attempted to sabotage the IMF deal and his tenure as prime minister damaged Pakistan’s relations with the entire world, especially the Gulf States, Europe and the United States.
Bilawal said the economic crisis in Pakistan was a result of Imran’s government which also destroyed the country’s foreign relations. Democratic and constitutional means were used to remove Imran from the office, he noted.