*PTI chief says an impression exists that changes in army being made for PML-N
LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Friday cast a spotlight on rumours circulating about the incoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and newly appointed army chief, saying there is an impression that they are â€œsympathisersâ€ of the ruling government.
â€œKhursheed Shah said the impression is that the new CJâ€™s sympathy is with the PML-N,â€ Khan told journalists in Lahore referring to the senior PPP lawmakerâ€™s speech in parliament.
â€œThere is also an impression that the changes within the armed forces are for PML-N,â€ Khan added. â€œI donâ€™t know if there is truth in this. All I know is that when Maryam Nawaz tweets, â€˜saying a storm has passedâ€™… what does it mean? They [PML-N] themselves are giving weight to the perception that the change will suit them.â€
â€œHow has the storm passed? A new CJ and new COAS have been appointed. What message are you giving people? This is a wrong impression,â€ Khan said.
Although such remarks aimed at the head of the military and apex court are rare, opposition parties have hit out at the PML-N and raised questions about the new appointments.
Earlier this month, Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Shaikh Rasheed in an interview to a private TV news channel said that the new Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa was appointed â€œnot on merit but for his loyalty to the ruling partyâ€.
Hitting back at Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Khan said he would attend the parliamentary session when Nawaz Sharif would show up to answer the allegations.
â€œIf the Leader of the House is lying in the National Assembly, then he himself is undermining it,â€ he said. He called on PM Nawaz to answer allegations just like former British premier David Cameron did.
â€œChanging your stance or lying is a U-turn,â€ said the PTI chief. â€œWe want to hold the prime minister accountable and that is what we are trying to do,â€ he said.
He praised Pakistan Army for carrying out an effective operation against militants and said that it was due to the armed forces that terrorism had reduced in the country.