- All is not normal between Pakistan Army and Prime Minister Imran Khan
- Pak army refuses to obey Imran Khan’s order to take action against TLP
- Army Chief General Bajwa and Imran Khan clashed over the appointment of ISI Chief
All is not well between Prime Minister Imran Khan and the army in Pakistan. Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had also come face-to-face over the appointment of the head of the intelligence agency ISI. The Pakistan Army recently refused to obey Imran Khan’s order to take action against the banned radical outfit Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). In April and October, TLP had created ruckus in many parts of Pakistan including Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad.
Pak government will make public agreement with TLP
According to the Dawn report, the Imran Khan government, hurt by this decision of the army, is now preparing to make the agreement made with TLP public within 10 days. The decision to make the agreement public was taken during the proceedings of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security on Monday. In April also, the Government of Pakistan, bowing to the hardliners of the TLP, had reached an agreement. At that time, there was a civil war in Pakistan. The TLP had also imprisoned several policemen.
Told- why the agreement was made with TLP and why kept it secret
The report quoted senior military officials as telling how the agreement between the Government of Pakistan and the TLP was reached and why it was kept secret for so long. Military officials said that their priority was to remove the TLP rioters sitting on the streets. The Pakistani army wanted to control the situation in any case. While the agreement was kept secret, the government and the military feared that if the initial agreement were made public, a debate could start. Not only this, it would also have made it difficult to implement the agreement, due to which there was a danger of further escalation of the disturbance.
Imran Khan was blown away after seeing the performance of TLP
It has been told by the government that now the TLP has completely withdrawn its protests. Therefore, we are prepared to make this agreement public at an appropriate time. Regarding the pre-accordion situation, it was said that the government was frightened by the massive TLP procession. These people were continuously moving towards the capital Islamabad by crossing the barricades erected on the roads. The biggest question before the government at that time was how to deal with these protesters.
The army did not accept Imran’s order of action
A close watcher of this development said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had given permission to use force on the TLP protesters in view of the situation. But, the army called a high-level meeting of its own before accepting the advice of Imran Khan. In this meeting, the situation arising after the crackdown on the protesters was discussed. He consulted as to how many casualties could happen if we opened fire on these law breakers, what could be the reaction from the protesters. After which the army refused to obey this order.
General Bajwa had counted the helplessness of the government
According to sources, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa gave his opinion on the issue in the meeting of the National Security Committee held on October 29. He explained all the advantages and disadvantages of using force on the TLP cadres of the political and military leadership united. General Bajwa told the Imran Khan government that the army would take action if they were ready to pay the price for the use of force against the TLP. He also mentioned the incident of Lal Masjid and Model Town during this period.
Pak government has claimed TLP to be related to India
By the time this meeting took place, the Imran Khan government had taken a tough stand. Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had quoted Prime Minister Imran Khan in a cabinet meeting on October 27 that the government would not allow anyone to take the law into its own hands and challenge it. Fawad Chaudhry had termed the TLP as an extremist organisation. He had claimed that TLP has links with India. Later, the Government of Pakistan had released all the activists in agreement with this TLP.
Imran Khan and General Qamar Javed Bajwa