PML-Q leader and Chief Minister of Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has confirmed the remarks made by his son Moonis Elahi on former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General (retd.) Bajwa allegedly asking PML-Q to support PTI.
While talking to a private media channel, Parvez Elahi claimed that he had offers from both PTI and PDM however, former COAS Qamar Bajwa told him to support PTI Chairman Imran Khan after he shared his reservations about joining PDM alliance as he “did not trust the Sharif family”.
“God changed our path at the last moment when they were heading towards PML-N and sent Gen (retd) Bajwa to show us the way,” Parvez Elahi said.
“When I expressed my concerns about the Sharifs then Bajwa sahab asked me to proceed carefully and said the path going towards Imran is better for you and your friends,” the chief minister added.
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Earlier, Moonis Elahi claimed that General (retd) Bajwa asked PML-Q to back PTI when the controversial no-confidence motion was being tabled against PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
While giving an interview with a private media channel, Moonis Elahi said he is against the approach of criticizing outgoing individuals.
“Certain elements are busy on social media bashing Bajwa Sahib without any reason. This is the same Bajwa who changed the course of rivers for the PTI. Then he [Bajwa] was right, but now he is not. I have a total disagreement with those who are now talking against him,” Moonis Elahi said.
Doubts raised over Army’s interference
Reacting to Moonis Elahi’s claims, PML-N leader and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said Chaudhry Moonis Elahi’s statement regarding General (retd) Bajwa’s advice has raised doubt over the army’s narrative of being “apolitical” and that an explanation should be given.
He said that the former army chief, on the institution’s behalf, maintained a narrative before the nation that it has no links with politics.
“Now, Moonis Elahi’s statement has cast doubt over the institution’s narrative so it should be clarified,” Sanaullah said.