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Smear campaign against COAS deserves ‘strongest condemnation’: PM Shehbaz

  • Says Imran Khan is stooping to unprecedented lows in desperation for power
Published March 20, 2023

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Monday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s “disgusting smear campaign against Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir… is deserving of the strongest condemnation”.

In a tweet, he said Imran “is stooping to unprecedented lows in his desperation for power and going to the extent of damaging the country and undermining our armed forces and their leadership”.

Separately a press release issued by the PM office quoted PM Shehbaz as saying that the campaign against the COAS was “intolerable and the continuation of a conspiracy against the national institutions.”

He urged overseas Pakistanis to raise their voice against the “foreign-funded” campaign.

“As the dirty political game is being played through the expatriates, they should not become part of the conspiracy,” he said. “Imran Khan is violating the constitution by dragging the institutions and their leadership into his dirty politics.”

The prime minister also instructed the interior minister to deal with those running smear campaign against the institutions.

He warned of legal action against those “fanning chaos and subversion in the country” adding that a campaign against an army chief appointed on merit “for the first time in the country’s history: could only be the agenda of anti-Pakistan elements.”

Last week, PTI Chairman Imran Khan had said the military had a role in pushing him out of power after relations soured with the previous army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who retired in November. He said the new chief, General Asim Munir, was following the same policy.

The military has previously denied his claims.

Earlier during the month, Imran claimed that his party’s “hardships” increased after the appointment of General Syed Asim Munir.

“It doesn’t matter to us, cases were filed against us during the tenure of General Bajwa (retd). Never before that had there been so much custodial torture against senior citizens. We thought there will be a change, but there has been none, rather problems increased for us”.

The PTI chairman said he was ready to talk to the COAS, but played down the notion that he needed the establishment’s support to return to power.

“I don’t need establishment, the party that has public support doesn’t need crutches.”


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Shiteistan Mar 20, 2023 04:27pm
This man is cleverly using PTI as a crutch to make the COAS controversial.
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Habib Ullah Mar 20, 2023 04:32pm
We want peace
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umair Mar 20, 2023 04:43pm
he should also admit that the military had a role in bringing him to power as well.
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bonce richard Mar 20, 2023 05:16pm
@Shiteistan, I wish Pakistan divide into various parts by the hand of Nawaz Sharif's family members. Ameen
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BK Mar 20, 2023 06:51pm
Yo SS, which world are you living in dude? You think all Pakistanis are dumb? COAS is controversial and has played a major role in the political unrest gripping Pakistan currently and giving you bozos the power to treat an Ex-PM like a terrorist and fellow Pakistanis like sheep! COAS needs to change his course, Army needs to change its course. This country is for PAKISTANIS! Not for the elites and their bloody families. There is no smear campaign going on, its the bloody truth! Army is the biggest culprit and enemy of Pakistan if it won't change
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zh Mar 20, 2023 10:07pm
If the memory serves me right, this dunce had no qualms about not uttering a word when the godfather from London and his howling daughter were defaming the COAS of the time.
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