Nation special report
ISLAMABAD: Amidst increasing criticism against the Army particularly two senior most generals branding them as selectors by the opposition, Prime Minister Imran Khan has instructed his cabinet ministers, advisors and personal assistants to respond in hard-hitting way to all allegations and condemnations.
The second task given to them by the prime minister is respond in befitting way what the premier called ‘anti-Pakistan propaganda’ by Indian lobby within and outside the country.
According to Islamabad sources, Imran Khan reportedly discussed this issue with COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and DG-ISI Lt. Gen Faiz Hameed at an informal meeting at PM House on Thursday during which both the generals also expressed their reservations.
The sources said that after well planning, Imran Khan as a first step, instructed his cabinet members on (Monday) to “open the apertures of their guns towards opposition leaders and start bombardment with full force”.
“Armed forces and our generals are guarantee of security and safety of our country and they are completely impartial and aloof of political system and civilian governmental structure but the opposition is continuously targeting them branding them selectors and blaming for bringing PTI into power. We have to respond them accordingly and to satisfy them (generals)”, Imran Khan has reportedly advised his followers.
Imran Khan has also suggested them to expose their illegal assets and furnish maximum information in this regard to media for propaganda. He was of the view that within country and outside country, certain media outlets are working for opposition utilising their resources. “Also expose the opposition supported media and try to bring details of background of these media branches.
Islamabad sources said opposition leaders, particularly Maryam Nawaz, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Akhtar Mengal and to some extent Bilawal Bhutto Zardari are targeting Army generals as selectors and responsible them to select Imran Khan in their speeches at public meetings and press conference. Following the instructions of their boss, it is widely expected that the outspoken ministers and other figures will start outburst against opposition leaders with reference of Army and generals.
Following his advice, the Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said the same day that the opposition leaders are “a product of General Headquarters gate number four” and that “they polished Ziaul Haq’s boots”.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad he rebuked the opposition’s claims of the Pakistan Army interfering in local politics. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari during his speech had said that the PDM would put an end to the business of selection and selectors.