Moonis’ statement on Gen Bajwa raises doubts on army’s decision to stay ‘apolitical’: Rana Sanaullah
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Saturday that Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Chaudhry Moonis Elahi’s recent statement regarding former army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa’s advice, to support PTI in no-trust motion, has raised “doubts” on the army’s decision to stay apolitical.
While talking to the journalists in Lahore, Sanaullah said that he applauds Moonis Elahi for making this statement but it was not needed at this time.
“Bajwa Sahib has retired after completing his full term. His benefits and losses don’t matter,” he said.
Referring to DG ISPR and DG ISI’s joint press conference, he furthered that the institution had taken a stand before the nation that they have nothing to do with politics as they have decided to remain apolitical.
“I think that Moonis’ statement has cast doubt on the institution’s decision to remain apolitical, it should be clarified,” he added.
“We have complete faith and the nation has complete faith that our military leadership and the institution will remain true with the public commitment that the DG ISPR and DG ISI made; and the institution will continue to serve the nation in that manner,” Sanaullah hoped.
Earlier, PML-Q leader and former federal minister Moonis Elahi claimed that former chief of army staff General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa had advised them to support PTI when the no-trust motion was moved against former prime minister Imran Khan.
Moonis Elahi stressed that the maligning campaign against General Bajwa was wrong as the former COAS supported PTI during the no-confidence motion.
“Even he advised us to support PTI in no-confidence motion,” Elahi added.
He further questioned that if General Bajwa was part of the no-confidence motion then why would he ask PML-Q to support PTI.
“When he was giving you all-out support, he was right,” the PML-Q leader said, wondering if Bajwa had now become a traitor to them.
Moonis said that there was no doubt that the former COAS fully supported the PTI, but when he withdrew his support, he had become a bad person.