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Imran levels fresh allegations against former army chief Bajwa

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday leveled fresh allegations against former army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and claimed the retired general had 'made a deal' with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah.

Talking to senior journalists in Lahore, the former prime minister said that during the past year, he found out that Gen (retd) Bajwa 'does not want accountability'.

The PTI chief further claimed that the former army chief probably thought that PTI's popularity would see a decline "but that did not happen", adding that if a “right army chief” was present, his government would have “cleaned” the country.

While predicting that elections will be held in March or April of the coming year, the former premier said that they are making an alliance with Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) because they have supported PTI.

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“I will not hurt people's trust for the sake of power and will not make any compromise the hope of the people to come into the government,” added the PTI chief.

Talking about party funding, he alleged that PPP and PML-N have no receipt of funding, while the PTI has a database of 40,000 donors.

Earlier this week, the PTI chief had said Gen(retd) Bajwa was “solely responsible for the country’s prevailing political and economic crises” — including his ouster from power in April this year.

Speaking to foreign correspondents at his Zaman Park residence in Lahore, the former premier alleged that Gen (retd) Bajwa was controlling the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). He claimed that the former army chief granted NRO — relief in corruption cases — to the incumbent rulers despite his opposition.

The ex-PM claimed that initially, Gen (retd) Bajwa did not oppose his anti-corruption drive to hold culprits accountable “but eventually asked me to focus on the economy and to move away from accountability”.

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