In the past, political leaders have only indirectly pointed to the involvement of the military in the country’s political affairs but this is the first time the leaders of the two main Opposition parties – the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) openly criticized the military.
Former prime minister and supremo PML-N Sharif, who has been in London since November last year and is facing multiple corruption cases, opened fire first at the prime meeting of the Pakistan Democratic Movement, an alliance formed by Opposition parties last month to overthrow. Prime Minister Khan.
Sharif has accused the military of rigging the 2018 elections to bring Prime Minister Khan to power.
He said meddling in politics in equal measure was treason under the country’s Constitution.
His allegations sparked outrage from Khan, who said Sharif was “playing a very dangerous game” by humiliating the military and intelligence services. He dismissed the allegations of fraudulent elections as baseless.
Sharif served as prime minister of Pakistan three times, first being removed by a president in 1993, then by the military ruler Pervez Musharraf in 1999. A court in 2017 removed him from power over allegations of corruption. Khan, a former cricketer, came to power in 2018.
After Sharif, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday accused the military of rigging the 2018 elections.
Bilawal warned of interference in the upcoming legislative assembly elections in Gilgit-Baltistan will elicit a strong backlash from his party, including the Islamabad siege and sit-ins on the city.
“Such things were never witnessed even in the dictatorships of General Zia and General Musharraf,” Bilawal was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.
“I was wondering how you deployed one soldier inside and another outside the polling station. It was very strange. Even if you (the military) did something wrong or not, you will be blamed. This cannot happen,” he said.
He said, “PPP will not allow anyone to steal the mandate of the people in the upcoming elections in Gilgit-Baltistan.”
Pakistan has announced that elections for the once postponed Gilgit-Baltistan legislative assembly will be held on November 15, amid strong objections by India to Islamabad’s move to change the status of the military-held territory.
India also clearly conveyed to Pakistan that the entire Union of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the Gilgit and Baltistan regions, is an integral part of the country. Pakistan’s top military officials have recently advised political parties to stop dragging them into politics and making baseless accusations against them.
Prime Minister Khan on Friday said the real problem of the Opposition with the military is that they remain out of control Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) is unlike other institutions once the agency finds out about their corruption.
On September 20, leaders of the 11 major Opposition parties formed the Democratic Movement of Pakistan (PDM) to launch a three-phase anti-government movement under an “action plan” starting with public gatherings across the country, protest demonstrations, and demonstrations before the “run.” long fateful marching “towards Islamabad in January 2021.
Opposition parties will hold their first joint rally against the government led by Imran Khan on October 16 in the city of Gujranwala in Punjab province, demanding to topple the resignation of the “elected” prime minister and end the military’s strong role in the country’s politics. .
Opposition leaders have announced that they will use all political and democratic options, including a motion of no confidence and a mass resignation of Parliament to seek “the resignation of the elected prime minister and end the established role in politics.