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Imran Khan criticized for taking “U-turn” on US regime change conspiracy

Video clips from the interview and the televised address were widely shared on social media with the former premier receiving criticism for statements made on both occasions.

PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan has received criticism for what is being considered another “U-turn” in his stance on the controversial “regime change” narrative where he claimed that the US was behind the removal of his government.

According to the details, Imran Khan has claimed that former Chief of Army Staff General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa was responsible for the regime change conspiracy, not the United States, as he had previously claimed.

PTI chairman Imran Khan made these remarks during an interview with the Voice of America English (VoA) aired on Saturday and a separate televised address on Sunday. On both occasions, the former premier took swipes at the ex-chief of army staff Bajwa. Video clips from the interview and the televised address are going viral with the former premier receiving criticism.

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“Whatever happened, now as things unfold, it wasn’t the US who told Pakistan, it was unfortunately, from what evidence has come up, Gen Bajwa who somehow managed to tell Americans that I was anti-American. And so, it wasn’t imported from there. It was exported from here to there,” Imran Khan said during an interview with Voice of America.

Imran Khan also said that the former chief of the army staff (COAS) had close ties with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and they “conspired”, and as a result the “regime change took place”.

“This man is legend in taking U-turns,” PML-N leader and Minister of Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said while reacting to Imran Khan’s interview with VoA.

“The nation is surprised by Imran Khan’s statement as if he has said something unique and new. With due respect, his every word is nonsense today, it was nonsense yesterday and it will be nonsense in the future. Surprising is the mentality of those who believe in nonsense,” Advocate Mian Dawood said.

“Imran Khan has backtracked from his own narrative of a US conspiracy to oust him, something which he made people believe since his ouster, and is now blaming only Gen R Bajwa for his ouster, also wants to move on from the past – ahem, if that is not what a U-turn is then what is,” journalist Anas Mallick said.

Later, in his televised address Imran Khan termed Gen Bajwa, who retired in November last year, ‘super king’ and admitted that his three-and-a-half-year stint in the Prime Minister’s Office was more like of a puppet. This statement to received criticism, especially from PML-N leaders.

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“If General Bajwa was super king, what Imran Khan was doing as PM for four years? Why Imran Khan gave a second extension to him? Why Imran Khan praised him continuously as PM?” Khawaja Saad Rafique said.