Gen Bajwa ignored Imran’s lifetime extension offer: Marriyum
Gen Bajwa ignored Imran’s lifetime extension offer: Marriyum

Federal Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb on Friday said Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa did not pay any attention to the request on the day of the vote of no-confidence when the then prime minister Imran Khan offered a lifetime extension to his tenure.  

Imran offered a lifetime extension to the army chief fearing the success of the no-confidence motion, she told a press conference in Islamabad.

Describing Imran as an imposter, Marriyum said, “It’s been six years and you don’t appear before the court,” Aurangzeb said, adding that it had been confirmed from the PTI chief’s address that a bullet hadn’t hit him.

Marriyum said the no-confidence motion was successful for the first time in Pakistan’s history. Imran portrayed the move as a US-backed conspiracy but had taken a U-turn on his narrative, she remarked.

She, however, remarked that the government has understood Imran Khan’s intentions, but failed to understand the agenda behind PTI’s long march.

“He talks about getting the medicolegal done from a private hospital. He talks about a first information report [FIR] of his choice,” the minister said, asking Khan to bring an amendment to the law and give everyone the right to do that.

The information minister criticised the PTI chief for dissolving the assembly and violating the constitution. “This person has violated the Supreme Court’s order. He has violated the constitution, not only in the federation but also in Punjab,” she said.

She said Imran talked about setting the country on fire and directed his party’s members to play with the cypher — an alleged threat letter sent by the United States that the PTI chief claimed played a role in his ouster in April this year.

Marriyum described Imran’s long march as “work from home”, demanding him to provide receipts regarding the sale of Toshakhana gifts, including a Graff wristwatch worth at least Rs2 billion.

Addressing Imran, she said he would have to answer [the questions]. “Why are you going to the courts in the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom? You are doing work from home, show receipts to the public.”

The minister added that in every country that Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited, he heard “disgusting stories” about Imran.

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