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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and ex-prime minister Imran Khan on Friday categorically said that if he gets re-elected as prime minister, he will “not de-notify” the army chief.

Taking to journalists inside the courtroom of Islamabad High Court (IHC), he said: “There is no rule of law in the country and it is run by only one man and that’s the Army chief [Asim Munir]”.

Khan also vowed that if he gets re-elected as the Pakistan PM he will “not de-notify” the army chief, adding that “the army chief [Asim Munir] is feeling a bit insecure as I’d removed him as director-general Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). I will ‘not de-notify’ him when I come to power.”

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To a question whether it is a battle of survival between him and the powerful military establishment, he reiterated: “No, It’s just one man and that’s the army chief.”

When asked whether he has any regret about getting the support of the military in 2018 general elections to come into power, the firebrand Khan plainly stated that “my party was never brought into power by the military.”

About his close association with the military leadership after coming into power in 2018, he admitted it was his biggest mistake.

“Yes, I made a mistake because I trusted the then army chief [Qamar Javed Bajwa]. The concession here we made was for the sake of the country’s uplift and development, but at the end of the day he [Bajwa] stabbed me in the back as he wanted another extension.”

He said there is no democracy in the military and the military is getting maligned by what is happening right now in the country.

Khan said he only wanted an independent inquiry into the assassination attempt on his life in Wazirabad but it was not allowed and questioned “Who has the powers to stop such a high-profile inquiry.”

“I survived an assassination attempt in Wazirabad and then again an attempt was made to eliminate me at Federal Judicial Complex and if I’d come out from my vehicle, I would have been killed,” he added.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Notsurprised May 13, 2023 12:16pm
Liar. Proven a liar so many times. Yet so many mesmerized by this pied piper, who has already show his failures in his 3.5 years of (mis)governance. But people of the subcontinent have a special affinity for big-talking small men.
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Tulukan Mairandi May 13, 2023 02:15pm
The coward wants dirty harry and rest of establishment support. A Niazi. Typical.
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Abdullah May 13, 2023 02:54pm
But he will take a U-TURN on this .
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Muhammad Iftikhar May 13, 2023 04:42pm
Sluate to No.one agency, Establishment and PDM to make him hero again after 3.5 years of bad governance and corruption. Despite taking 45000 bn loans, he has not initiated a single development project and ongoing projects including Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway, ML-1 Railway, SEZ Projects were also stalled due to which our exports did not increase. His only performance he boast is Import led growth and tax collection on Imports which cost country about $20 bn in FY 22.
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Ali Kuli May 13, 2023 05:59pm
Imran Khan is hated by many, because he is a "man". The only "man" who has the guts to say the emperor is not wearing any clothes.
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Akhtar Zeb May 13, 2023 06:58pm
There is capacity and powers dimension issues in Pakistan, Institutions should do their domain job. While politicians speak lying and misguiding the nation, as evident from governance of PDM and PTI. Moreover, whole nation motive has changed from sacred and patriotism to materialism. A re-engineering requires across the country. Otherwise, soon we will be declared as a failed and defaulted nation. For good sake, mercy on our beloved country and run it on truth.
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Akhtar Zeb May 13, 2023 07:06pm
@Muhammad Iftikhar, Comparing the economic figures of PTI and PDM, there is drastic changes. Exports declines, foreign remittances declined, tax collection declines, large sector production declined and etc. I think he would have been allowed to complete his tenure and PDM were supposed to support him in his economic agenda instead of criticizing. Though the projects are important nature, but the ultimately beneficial is Lender i.e. Chine in the long run in shape Cost of Capital [interest]. I would strongly suggest that politicians have not the capacity to run country. Presidential form of government need to be implemented wherein, learned and devoted experts will hold policy making positions.
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Raza May 13, 2023 08:14pm
Raza Shoukat Masih
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Imran May 14, 2023 05:12pm
@Notsurprised, well said, and what about before 3.5 years of IK, was our country sky rocketed in development, paying off foreign loan, increased tax collection, relief to the poors etc?
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TimeToMovveOn May 14, 2023 07:54pm
Pakistan is led by two leaders IK - which can be trusted to lie, make Uturns, and keep creating anarchy PDM - which can be trusted to run the country with a bunch of clowns and ruin the economy.
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