Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday has said military is an institution of the state and being its elected prime minister, Pakistan Army is his subordinate institution just as the bureaucracy is, while accusing the alliance of opposition parties (PDM) of hatching conspiracies against him and Pakistan’s armed forces.
The PM gave his first interview of the year to Dunya News, in which he claimed that people had rejected the opposition’s allegation that he was a ‘puppet’ prime minister. The PM recapitulated that National Reconciliation Order (NRO) would not be given to the opposition leaders facing corruption charges,
“Pakistani nation takes to streets only against corruption and for their genuine rights, but this time they know PDM leaders are planning the long march only to save their ill-gotten money.” he remarked.
The PM also accused PDM of foreign backing. He said the recent report by EU DisinfoLab has exposed the leaders of PDM. “They both have the same agenda; attack Imran Khan and the Pakistan Army,” he said.
On civil-military relations the PM further went on to say the government enjoys exemplary relations with the military who knows that he is not corrupt and is working for the betterment of the country.
“The Military wants to see a strong Pakistan, under a patriotic government that has no stakes outside the country,” he added.
“You get a mandate for five years. I will not commit to not change my team. I am captain and has always kept changing the team. I have to win the match. I have to make Pakistan win,” the premier said while answering a question.