Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday accused the country’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa of toppling his government. He also accused the army chief of pressurizing the judiciary and establishing the current Imran Khan government in the 2018 elections.
Sharif said this in a gathering of thousands of people organized by opposition parties through video link from London. A nationwide protest campaign has been launched in the eastern city of Gujranwala to oust Pakistan’s Imran Khan government from power.
Sharif said in this meeting, ‘General Qamar Javed Bajwa, you have evicted our government from power, which was doing well and changed the country and the nation as per its will.’ This was the largest gathering. The former prime minister also accused the head of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of being involved in plotting against his government.
Nine major opposition parties have formed a joint forum called the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) last month to launch a nationwide agitation against the government. Sharif, whose Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is the main opposition party, was dismissed by the Supreme Court in 2017 on charges of corruption. He left for London in November for medical treatment.
The Pakistani army has denied any interference in politics. Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and Benazir Bhutto’s son Bilawal Bhutto also addressed the gathering. Both criticized the Khan government. He accused them of poor governance and mismanagement of the economy.
Protests against the Khan government are taking place at a time when Pakistan is facing an economic crisis. Its inflation has reached negative with double digits. Speakers at the gathering called for Khan’s resignation and the end of military intervention in politics. The country is going to have general elections in 2023.