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While Imran Khan faces ouster, know why Pak PM gets no trust vote from army & allies

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Islamabad: As Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is surrounded by problems with the opposition alliance’s no trust vote motion against him, the Pakistan Army also opposed him with several public events where the two openly criticised each other. Notably, Pakistan is a country where the army and the inter-service intelligence dominate the political system and it is no surprise that the Prime Minister had to face this situation as the feud started. 

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Moreover, several politicians in Imran’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party too have turned against him, with alliance Pakistan Muslim League (N); Asif Ali Zaradri’s Pakistan people’s Party (PPP); and Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s Jamat Ulema-Islam’s (F) joint no-confidence motion submission. 

Imran Khan and Pakistan Army

It is to be mentioned that, back in October 2021, the Pakistan government had said that the process to appoint the new Director General (DG) of spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is underway. However reports stated that Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa were having disagreements on the choice of the new spy chief. 

On October 6, the media associate of the Pakistan Armed Forces, the Inter-Services Public Relations announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed Anjum as the new Director General (DG) of ISI. However, several reports suggested that Imran Khan wants Lt General Faiz Hameed to continue as DG ISI till the situation in Afghanistan stabilizes for at least a couple of months.

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Later, PM Khan had also reportedly refused to ratify the appointment as Pakistan’s law gives the legal right to appoint DG ISI only to the prime minister.

Later, in March Imran Khan had lashed out at the 11-party Opposition alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Fazal -ur-Rehman by saying that Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa had told him not call Fazal -ur-Rehman ‘diesel’. Khan mocked the Opposition leader asserting, ‘The public has named him that’. As Imran Khan’s rickety coalition has been held due to the Army’s support, Imran Khan’s rebellion comes as a surprise.

Days after a no-confidence motion was submitted against Pakistan’s Prime Minister, he had showered confidence in the Army being on his side. But to his embarrassment, the Pakistani Army went against him saying that it doesn’t want to be dragged into politics. 

Attacking the Pakistan Army’s ‘neutrality’ and refusal to back him and his party in the face of the no-confidence motion the Opposition has proposed against him, the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said “Allah didn’t allow us to be neutral as only animals are neutral”.

Also last week, it was reported that Bajwa, has asked PM Imran Khan to resign after the end of the two-day Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting, according to sources. 

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