LONDON: A day after issuing vehemently supported statement in favour of Pakistan Army, Prime Minister Imran Khan visited ISI Headquarter in Rawalpindi on Sunday and discussed overall situation including regional, international, eastern and western border security and country’s relations with neighbour countries.
The premier was accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Planning Minister Asad Umar, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Nadeem Raza, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi and Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza.
Imran Khan, in a TV interview on Saturday, refuted media reports that his government is under pressure of the Army and said that Army always follows what he says. “There is no confusion or tension between Army and the government and there is no reason for such situation”.
Imran Khan also defended Lt. Gen ® Asim Saleem Bajwa and said that he has appointed him on the basis of his experience. “As far as allegations of corruption against him are concerned, he has cleared his innocence and he (Imran Khan) discussed his clarification with the Law Minister Farogh Nasim. We are satisfied with his amplification and if anyone has any objection or evidences against him can approach to NAB.
Imran Khan also categorically stated that he would not give NRO to opposition and their exercise to hold public meetings, demonstrations and protests would go in vain.
Opposition’s alliance PDM will hold its fourth power show in Multan on Monday which has not been allowed by the government rather it has warned against arranging this meeting.
Addressing the meeting at ISI Headquarters, Imran Khan appreciated the efforts of the agency for national security and expressed his satisfaction over professional preparedness of the premier agency.
ISI Director General Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid received the prime minister, federal ministers, services chiefs, and other military officers on their arrival. A comprehensive briefing was given to civil and military leadership on the regional and national security situation.
A statement issued at the end of the meeting, stated that the prime minister, ministers and military leadership was given a “comprehensive briefing” on the regional and national security situation. PM Imran also lauded the “tireless efforts of the ISI for national security and expressed his satisfaction over professional preparedness”, the statement concluded.
Imran Khan’s tweets
Meanwhile, in a series of tweets on Sunday, Imran Khan said that opposition’s bid to hold public rallies is aimed at pressurizing government to get National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) at the cost of people’s lives in the times of COVID-19 pandemic.
He said sole and desperate goal of opposition political leadership is to save their families’ looted wealth and corruption for which they are making last ditch efforts to get an NRO, but they will not succeed.
He went on to say that opposition leaders have never worked and their autocratic lifestyle is directly dependent on saving their families’ ill-gotten wealth through robbing and impoverishing the nation. He said the problem of people of Pakistan during COVID 19 is the political leadership that has never gone through any democratic struggle nor worked with ordinary citizens to understand their difficulties they face and never contributed in any substantive way for betterment of ordinary citizens.
Imran Khan said these entitled “leaders” living like royalty in their secluded mansions, have simply inherited their positions because of their families and they have no concern for the lives of ordinary citizens.
He said when smart lockdown was imposed to save people from becoming destitute and save economy from total collapse, these “leaders” opposed it and demanded complete lockdown and now when smart lockdown is again needed to check new spike of the pandemic, they want to hold public rallies instead of caring for the lives and safety of people.