A new description of regime change

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan said that ex-Army Chief Gen retired Qamar Javed Bajwa confessed that he had toppled the PTI government. According to him, Gen Bajwa was a super king who decided everything during his tenure, whereas he had to face criticism for Bajwa’s decisions. Khan further accused the Ex. Army Chief of the current poor economic plight of the country and demanded an inquiry into the incident.

After the 9th months, that his rule was wrapped up by the opposition parties, the PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan has told the world that the so-called regime change conspiracy that led to the removal of his government was not hatched by the United States through the previously mentioned cipher scam but that plan was conceived and implemented by the former Army Chief General Retired Qamar Javed Bajwa. This was the latest twist in the regime change story of the former Prime Minister, who earlier accused the United States of hatching a plan to topple his government because his government planned to buy cheaper oil from Russia, denied military basing to the US, and remained neutral over the Ukrainian dispute. Later, the former Prime Minister leveled allegations agaisnt various personalities for playing role in toppling his government including the PDM alliance, caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi, and recently pointed finger at his most favored and praised former Amry Chief, who always rescued his government from hot waters and helped survive for nearly four years.

Historically, one-time Pakistani high-ups, former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his top military advisor, General Qamar Javed Bajwa had enjoyed close association and unconditional backing for each other until Khan left Prime Minister office on April 24 last year. Ex. Prime Minister Imran Khan authorized General Bajwa an additional 3 years term as Army Chief whereas, while Khan further insisted Bajwa carry forward in his current role through another extension in a bid to smoothly complete his five years term. Countless times, Khan praised his working relationship and mutual understanding with Army Chief and called him the most pro-democracy general, and sober military leader who always remains ready to support the civil government even in parliamentary affairs and legislation.

Surprisingly, after his ouster from power, Imran Khan relentlessly named and blamed General Bajwa to cajole him to use his influence for reinstating his government into power, but Army Chief and his spokesmen told Khan that the military is purely focusing on its constitutional role regarding national defense and external security. Presently, PTI Chief took a big U-Turn and completely changed his narrative of US-sponsored conspiracy agaisnt his government, while expressing a desire for a constructive partnership with the US along with ramped-up bombardment against the former Amry Chief, once the dearest guy to him.

In fact, military Generals and civil bureaucrats were bound by their oaths, to obey and support the ruling government according to the Constitution until it enjoys the confidence of the public and its elected representatives. But Politicians and Political Parties demand a lifetime affiliation and above-the-law allegiance of the government servants which is usually not possible. Khan’s government had been ousted through a constitutional process, thus the populist leader must strengthen his belief in the constitution and democracy which could lead him to regain his lost throne, otherwise unreal verbosity will damage his politics and weaken national institutions in the long run.