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Fazl claims Bajwa and Faiz engineered the no-confidence vote against Imran

“I was personally against the no-confidence move," JUI-F's chief says

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), has accused former army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa and former director general of Inter-Services Intelligence Lt Gen (retd) Faiz Hameed of orchestrating the no-confidence vote against former prime minister Imran Khan.

In an interview with a private TV channel, Fazl revealed that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) led the effort to remove Imran Khan, with Bajwa and Faiz providing instructions to political parties. “I wasn’t initially in favor, but I supported it to prevent criticism from the PDM that I saved Imran Khan,” he explained.

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Fazl alleged that General (retd) Faiz also backed the no-confidence motion, asserting, “Gen Bajwa and Gen Faiz instructed the no-confidence motion, and PML-N and PPP finalized it. Gen Faiz indicated we could act within the system’s boundaries, and he had no objections.” He claimed both the 2018 and 2024 elections were rigged, declaring, “We’ve decided to protest against this electoral fraud. Our decisions will now be made on the ground rather than in the assembly.”

Regarding talks with PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif on forming a government, Fazl revealed his reluctance to participate. “I believe whatever transpired during the 2024 elections favored PML-N. There are rumors that Nawaz Sharif was given the Lahore seat,” he added.

He warned that if PML-N and other parties proceed to form the government, they will be held accountable for the consequences. “I see a bleak future for the parliament; thus, I’ve invited PML-N to join us,” he emphasized.

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Fazl also expressed hope for resolving differences with the PTI, indicating a willingness to engage in dialogue.