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Imran Khan accuses Gen Bajwa of striking a 'deal' with Zardari, CM Murad

PTI chief predicts elections might take place in either March or April

By Zeeshan Baksh
December 24, 2022
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan (left) and former army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa. — NNI/AFP
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan (left) and former army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa. — NNI/AFP

LAHORE: Former chief of army staff General (retired) Qamar Javed Bajwa had "struck" a deal with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, claimed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday.

Speaking to journalists, Khan continued to blame the ex-COAS for his government's ouster. A day earlier, the PTI chief had clarified that he was not in contact with the establishment “for now”.

The cricketer-turned-politician had recently admitted that granting an extension to Gen (retd) Bajwa was a "mistake" and had also accused the ex-army chief of "betraying" him. 

As the PTI presses the government on holding snap polls across the country, Khan predicted that he sees elections taking place in either March or April.

He further added that PTI's members of the National Assembly would appear before Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf to confirm their resignations on December 26 (Monday).

The government, however, has repeatedly ruled out holding early elections citing several reasons, including floods, and said polls might take place in October 2023.

In response to a question regarding the political turmoil in Punjab: the PTI chief said: "We will also remain allies with the Q-League (Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid) as they have stood by us."

"I will not inflict pain on the masses for remaining in power. Once I form my government again, I will not compromise on anything," the PTI chief said.

Berating Minister for Foreign Affairs Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Khan said Bhutto scion has gone on more visits abroad than he did during his three-and-a-half-year tenure.

"Also, if he is claiming that he is paying for foreign trips through his pocket, then are these his private visits?" he wondered.

He mocked the PPP and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for getting "foreign funds" and "not having" receipts for them. "We have a database of 40,000 donors."