Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar, while referring to the alleged conspiracy behind the ouster of the PTI government, said the opinion of the Pakistan Army on the issues of national security could not be taken as a final word.
The former minister made these remarks during a TV show. “At the outset, you were asking me a question that since it is a matter of national security so the army has a final word on the issue, [but] with due respect, I don’t agree with this,” he added.
قومی سلامتی کا معاملہ ہے اور اس پر فوج کی رائے حرف آخر ہے، میں اس سے اتفاق نہیں کرتا- اسد عمر #سازش_ہی_تھی pic.twitter.com/Niv3UsC8DH
— PTI (@PTIofficial) June 15, 2022
The PTI leader was referring to the remarks made by the spokesperson of the Pakistan Army, Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar a day earlier wherein he had rubbished the claims of a foreign conspiracy being peddled by Imran Khan.
Maj Gen Iftikhar said that no evidence of any “foreign conspiracy” was found and the National Security Committee (NSC) participants were clearly told that no conspiracy was hatched against the PTI government.
"No one has the right to twist and distort the facts. The armed forces and their leadership have been the target of propaganda for some time now," he had added. Former prime minister Imran Khan has repeatedly claimed that he had been ousted from power through a foreign conspiracy.
PTI looks toward SC
“President of Pakistan's letter to the chief justice, remains unanswered. A judicial commission should hold open hearings and whether there was a conspiracy will be settled once and for all. That there was blatant external interference has been ratified twice by the NSC,” Umar said in a tweet.
President of Pakistan's letter to the chief justice, remains unanswered. A judicial commission should hold open hearings and whether there was a conspiracy will be settled once and for all. That there was blatant external interference has been ratified twice by the NSC.
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) June 14, 2022
In a tweet, PTI leader Shireen Mazari also disagreed with the military spokesperson over the issue of the alleged conspiracy.
There are too many unanswered troubling questions. Most rational way to resolve what is a critical issue for our nation is for Honourable CJP to respond positively to President Alvi's letter seeking judicial probe on the cipher. This is the only way forward to put matter to rest
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) June 14, 2022
She said, “With due respect to ISPR DG's statement on the cipher not being reflective of regime change conspiracy but merely of an unacceptable interference in our internal affairs, clearly, there is a diff in interpretation & it is wrong to label those disagreeing as basically liars,” she added.
“There are too many unanswered troubling questions. The most rational way to resolve what is a critical issue for our nation is for the Honourable CJP to respond positively to President Alvi's letter seeking a judicial probe on the cipher. This is the only way forward to put the matter to rest,” the ex-minister said while referring to a letter sent by Alvi to the CJP at the request of Imran.
PTI leader Babar Awan, Shahbaz Gill, Hammad Azhar and Ali Awan also took to Twitter to share their reactions to the statement of the ISPR chief.
Imran's chief of staff, Shahbaz Gill, called for an open hearing by the top court and said the letter sent by the envoy to the US should be produced before the public along with the minutes of the meeting. "This is clear up everything," he added.
He asked whether the services chiefs, during the NSC meeting, endorsed the demarche to the US and acknowledged the letter as 'foreign interference'. "If the answer is yes, then why are they giving such explanations," he added.
نیشنل سیکورٹی کی میٹنگ میں کیا سروسز چیفس نے اس بیرونی مداخلت کو مانا تھا یا نہیں؟ اور کیا چیفس نے demarche کرنے کو انڈورس کیا تھا یا نہیں ؟
اگر جواب ہاں میں ہے تو پھر کاہے کی وضاحتیں۔
سپریم کورٹ اوپن سماعت کرے پبلک کے سامنے مراسلہ رکھے۔ میٹنگ کے منٹ رکھے۔ سب سامنے آ جائے گا
— Dr. Shahbaz GiLL (@SHABAZGIL) June 15, 2022
Azhar, while talking to reporters, urged for snap polls and reiterated that the PML-N government came to power through foreign interference. He said he could use the word ‘interference’ instead of ‘conspiracy’, but that did not change the fact that the incumbent government was brought to power through a foreign state's interference.
“There has been a clear and blatant interference. This govt is imported from foreign power”-@Hammad_Azhar #سازش_ہی_تھی pic.twitter.com/hg1oEDMmew
— PTI (@PTIofficial) June 15, 2022
In a tweet, Babar Awan also urged the Supreme Court to probe the alleged conspiracy so “foreign and local” elements involved in this alleged conspiracy could be exposed. “This is an issue of national interest,” he added.
صدرِ پاکستان نے سربراہِ ریاست کی حیثیت سے، اعلٰی ترین عدالت سے درست درخواست کی کہ سائفر والی سازش کی تحقیقات کی جائیں۔ آزادانہ تحقیقات سے بیرونی ہاتھ اور لوکل beneficiaries بے نقاب ہوں گے۔ یہ سیاست کا نہیں، ملکی خودمختاری کا معاملہ ہے۔
— Babar Awan (@BabarAwanPK) June 15, 2022