The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan, has alleged that the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had the help of the army in the 2013 elections, reports said.
In an interview with Hamid Mir on Geo News programme Capital Talk, Imran Khan said a brigadier had helped Nawaz in Punjab during the last general elections. The PTI chairman emphasised that he had given a lot of thought to the matter before levelling the allegation. He claimed that the Returning Officers in Punjab were pressurised during the 2013 general elections.
“The 2013 polls are called the RO elections because the Pakistan Army stopped candidates from going into the polling stations,” Imran said
Imran said he had not alleged that the army chief was involved in the rigging of polls, but maintained that the Pakistan Army had played its part nonetheless.
When asked about Nawaz’s statement: “Jalsa Lahore da, Majma Pishor da te agenda kisay hor da,” meaning Imran’s rally was staged in Lahore but the crowd was brought from Peshawar on someone else’s agenda, the PTI chairman said it is Nawaz who was the ‘ladla’ (favoured) of the judiciary and army in the past.
“Nawaz is unsettled now because both the army and judiciary are neutral,” he said, adding the incumbent army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, among his peers, is the most neutral and pro-democratic leader of the armed forces.
Discussing former president Pervez Musharraf’s decision to send the armed forces to Waziristan, Imran said the people were always afraid to call out against the decision. “I was called Taliban Khan when I spoke against the decision to conduct the military operation and sending our own army against our own people,” he said. “It is a huge crime to use your own forces against your own people,” said Imran. “The reaction from the nation was harsh when on February 9, 2004, the army was sent to Waziristan…it should have been. I too will become a terrorist if you kill my family. It would have been our war if money had not been accepted from the United States but Pakistanis were not involved in the September 11 attack. This war created problems in Pakistan.”