For the first time in Pakistan, two main opposition parties have come out openly against the powerful army.
He has accused the army of rigging the 2018 elections to bring Imran Khan’s party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to power. Earlier, political leaders indirectly pointed to the military establishment interfering in the country’s political affairs, but for the first time both major opposition parties – Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) – directly Criticized the military.
Former prime minister and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, who has been in London since November last year and has been facing several corruption cases, made the first attack while addressing the inaugural meeting of the ‘Pakistan Democratic Movement’. It was formed last month by opposition parties to oust Prime Minister Khan from power.
Sharif accused the army of rigging the 2018 general election to bring Prime Minister Imran Khan to power. He said that interference in politics by wearing uniform is equal to treason under the constitution of the country.
Stung by his allegations, Khan said that Sharif is playing a “very dangerous game” by insulting the army and the intelligence service. He dismissed the allegations of rigging in the election as baseless.
After Sharif, PPP President Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday accused the army of rigging the 2018 elections. Bilawal warned that his party would react sternly, including siege and picketing of Islamabad, for any interference in the upcoming Gilgit-Baltistan assembly elections.
The Dan newspaper quoted Bilawal as writing, “Such things were not seen even during the dictatorship of General Zia and General Musharraf.” He said, ‘I wonder how one soldier can be deployed inside the polling station and the other outside. He was very strange. Whether you (military establishment) have done anything wrong or not, you will be accused and this should not happen.
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