Imran Khan says he never called Gen (retd.) Bajwa ‘boss’ during his tenure as Pak PM

Imran Khan insisted that he never called former Army Chief General (Retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa “boss” during his tenure as Pakistan’s PM.

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Lahore,Updates: December 8, 2022 23:28 IST

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan.  (Image: Reuters)

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan. (Image: Reuters)

by Press Trust of IndiaPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Thursday said that he never called former army chief Gen (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa “boss” during his tenure as prime minister.

Speaking to a group of YouTubers at his residence in Lahore’s Zaman Park, Khan, 70, said: “During my tenure as prime minister, I never called Gen (retd) Bajwa ‘boss’.”

Khan was replying to a question regarding reports that he (Khan) used to call the then army chief Bajwa as ‘boss’.

A local media quoted Gen (Retd) Bajwa as saying that Imran Khan used to call him boss when he was the prime minister. “I told him (Khan) don’t call me boss because you are my boss.”

Khan asked, “Why would I call him (Bajwa) the boss?”

Khan insisted that he never referred to the former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) as ‘boss’.

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He also said that a message has been sent to the new military establishment and President Arif Alvi has conveyed his (Khan’s) message.

He claimed, “What happened in the last seven months? Has our party crashed? Today we have more support than any other party in history. Even Bhutto did not have that kind of support”. was as we have today.”

Khan has accused Gen (retd) Bajwa of playing a “double game” against his government and said he made a “big mistake” in 2019 by extending the tenure of the then army chief.

Gen Bajwa, 61, retired on November 29 after getting a three-year extension in 2019 by the then Prime Minister Khan, the Pakistan Army’s biggest critic.

Since Pakistan was created 75 years ago, the military has seized power three times and ruled the country directly for nearly four decades.

Khan, a former cricketer-turned-politician, is the only Pakistani Prime Minister to be ousted by a no-confidence vote in Parliament.

He alleged that the no-confidence motion was part of a US-led conspiracy because of his independent foreign policy decisions on Russia, China and Afghanistan. The US has denied the allegations.

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