Shehbaz Sharif, leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, believes Prime Minister Imran Khan willfully intended to delay the extension of Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure, and that the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) was behind a social media campaign targeting the military.
In an interview with DawnNews’ Adil Shahzeb, the PML-N president recounted how the notification to extend the army chief’s mandate had to be redrafted three times.
With no concrete evidence to back up his assertions, Shehbaz Sharif believed PM Khan purposefully intended to make the extension procedure ‘controversial’.
“It ultimately ended up in front of the Supreme Court… Service extensions have already been granted to Army leaders… Simply copying and pasting was all that was required. No, all of this was a deception orchestrated by Imran Khan Niazi. His objectives, according to the opposition leader, were to cause a delay and stir up controversy.
In addition, he stressed that all institutions should function within their own jurisdictions. “Consultation is not interference,” he said.