The MQM had also contacted General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa for his “guidance about the political side” Muttahida was required to choose at the time of no-confidence motion against the-then prime minister Imran Khan.
The News quoted sources as saying that Farogh Nasim, MQM leader and former law minister during the PTI government, had contacted Gen Bajwa for his advice who left the decision to the party, “to do what suits the MQM and its politics.”
A senior MQM leader, on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the party had contacted Gen (retd) Bajwa.
Of late, Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi and his son Moonis had said that they had contacted Gen (retd) Bajwa and they were told to side with Imran Khan and PTI. There has been no rebuttal issued as yet from the former army chief about the claim of the PML-Q top leadership though some sources close to him had recently said that what Moonis had said was taken out of context from what they had discussed.
Interestingly, Imran Khan has also said repeatedly during the recent months that he had also asked the former army chief to save his government.
Regarding the claims of PML-Q leaders, Khan recently said in a TV interview that Elahi faction of the PML-Q might have been told to side with PTI whereas, he believed, the other faction led by Chaudhry Shujaat would have been told to join his opponents.
Khan blamed Gen (retd) Bajwa of playing a double game but Parvez Elahi insisted that the former army chief did not play any double game.
He said that Bajwa never contacted Shujaat Hussain during those days. Later in a TV talk show, Shujaat also confirmed that he was never contacted by Gen (retd) Bajwa during those days.
On May 10 this year, The News reported that during the last days of his government, Imran Khan had asked the military establishment to contact his then coalition partners – the PML-Q, MQM and BAP – and ask them not to leave the government.
However, this request was not heeded because of the military establishment’s decision that it would stay away from political matters. Khan expected the military establishment to prevent his government’s coalition partners from siding with the opposition’s no-trust move.
After most of his coalition partners decided to support the-then opposition’s no-trust motion, Khan contacted the top military leadership through his defence minister Pervez Khattak to discuss the available options for a possible agreement with the opposition.
While Imran Khan and some of his party leaders had insisted that the options were brought to Khan by the army chief and DG ISI, the other side insisted that the military leadership had not brought the opposition’s options to the-then government; rather, the civilian government (basically defence minister Pervez Khattak) had telephoned the top brass and asked for a meeting to discuss the ongoing political scenario. Following Pervez Khattak’s telephonic request, the former army chief and the DG ISI met Imran Khan. The army leadership had a discussion with civilian leadership, including the opposition, on three options; but the opposition agreed to the option of resignation of Imran Khan and dissolution of the National Assembly. But Khan was not prepared for this.