Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), launched a new attack on the former chief of the army staff, General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa, on Thursday, alleging that all corrupt individuals were now receiving pardons under the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) II, which he said was put into place by the former.
Suleman Shehbaz, the son of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, returned to Pakistan after more than four years of self-imposed exile in London when he delivered his speech through a video link.
By giving NRO-II to the group of corrupt individuals, according to Khan, Gen (retd), Bajwa showed cruelty to the nation.
The PTI continued to attack the former army leader, claiming that his administration was overthrown as a result of a plot and that thieves had been forced on the nation.
“Suleman Shehbaz, who was an evader in the Maqsood Chaprasi (a peon at the Ramzan Sugar Mills) case, has also returned and delivered lessons to us,” added Khan. “While Nawaz Sharif is going to return (homeland).”
The former prime minister also said that the cases against Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and his sister Faryal Talpur had been dismissed.
“Justice governs in human civilization, whereas the law of power dominates in an animal community,” he said. Justice, according to the previous prime minister, leads to societal development.
The former prime minister expressed his powerlessness in his speech the day before as well. He said that while he was in charge, former army head General (retd) Bajwa advised him to put the economy above accountability.
“When the government needed to adopt laws pertaining to the Financial Action Task Force, Gen (retd) Bajwa instructed me to issue NRO II to the opposition at the time. Gen. (Ret.) Bajwa supplied NRO II to the then-opposition.”
The former PM has previously accused the former COAS of betraying him and said he was unaware of how he was being misled and duped. In addition, he acknowledged that it was a “mistake” to grant Gen. (ret.) Bajwa a delay.