Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday accused Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa of overthrowing his government, putting pressure on the judiciary and setting up the current government of Prime Minister Imran Khan in the 201st elections.
“General Kamar Javed Bajwa, you supported our government which was doing a good job and changed the country and the country according to your wishes,” Sharif told the gathering – the biggest since the 2018 elections.
The former prime minister also accused the heads of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of plotting against his government.
Last month, nine major opposition parties formed a joint platform called the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to launch a nationwide agitation against the government.
Sharif, whose main opposition is the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was removed by the Supreme Court on corruption charges in 201 cases and was flown to London for medical treatment last November.
For those who accuse the general and the judge, he was fired.
Pakistan’s powerful military refuses to interfere in politics. The military’s public relations department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sharif’s daughter and political heir Maryam Nawaz and Bilawal Bhutto, son of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who heads the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), also addressed the gathering.
He also criticized the Khan government for its poor governance and economic machinations.
The protest comes at a time when Pakistan is facing economic hardship, double-digit inflation and negative growth.
Speaking at the rally, Khan demanded Khan’s resignation and an end to political interference in the army.
The next general election is scheduled for 2023.
“Go Imran go. Your time is up!” Thousands of opposition supporters gathered at Gujranwala Stadium.
Khan, who came to power on an anti-corruption platform and denied that the army helped him win, said on Friday that he was not afraid of the opposition’s campaign. The purpose was to blackmail him to drop corruption cases on his leaders.
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