PMLN supported General Bajwa to get Extension

Pakistan is currently facing heightened political tensions and maneuverings between all stakeholders. In an interview with Talat Hussain on Samaa TV, Former Interior Minister of Pakistan, Rana Sanaullah from PMLN disclosed a move, they made to support the former Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s extension during 2020.

Rana Sanaullah went on to say that it was all our plan and a part of our narrative “vote to izzat do” (respect the vote). The Former Interior Minister & PMLN leader openly admitted that our party while helping Qamar Javed Bajwa expected favors due to the political threats posed by our arch nemesis Imran Khan, PTI Chairman.

PMLN’s Tactical Move

In response to the question posed by Talat Hussain, a famous Journalist, conducting a program on Samaa TV. Rana Sanaullah while calling the Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, fitna accused him of committing illegalities in pursuance of fabricated cases against PML-N second-tier leadership.

In addition, it can also be inferred that voting in favour of Qamar Javed Bajwa’s extension was a calculated move by PML-N leadership, and through this PML-N sought Imran Khan’s removal from office by aligning the coalition partners of Imran Khan against his government. On the eve of Moscow’s visit, things swiftly started to untangle on the political landscape and it became quite clear how Bajwa would return the favours.

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Background of the Extension Controversy

In 2019, General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s extension had become a bone of contention between the PTI government and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. In the initial stage, the Supreme Court of Pakistan suspended the extension notification.

Later on, the Supreme Court of Pakistan allowed COAS, General Qamar Javed Bajwa to continue performing his duties for six months, on the condition to complete the legislative procedure to give legal coverage for the extension. Early 2020 is referred to by the anchor in the following clip when the PMLN leadership was approached by General Bajwa for voting in favour of Amendments to the Army Act enabling him to concertize his extension.

Lack of Narratives for Upcoming Elections

After enjoying 16 months of government, PML-N has failed to shape a sellable narrative for the people of Pakistan and their old slogans “Vote ko izzat do” and “Mujeh Kyon Nikala” are no more relevant to their style of politics, especially after aligning their entire politics with establishment.

While realizing the lack of narrative, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif & other party leaders have gone back to their old hymns and started calling the former military leadership, the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa & the DG-C, General Faiz Hameed, “national criminals” and have hinted accountability similar to General Musharraf.

Balancing Perspectives

Despite the old rhetoric, it is worth noting that Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, attempted to moderate her father’s stance by expressing a reluctance to seek revenge from Former Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa and former DG ISI General Faiz Hameed, whom her father calls culprits for his removal from office.

Party’s Aggressive Stance

Sources from within Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) have indicated that PML-N leadership, including Nawaz Sharif, has given instruction to the party’s second & third tier leadership to adopt an “aggressive stance” against both former generals, as well as a few supreme court judges.

It appears that due to a lack of narrative, PML-N has gone back to its old slogans, highly appreciated back in 2017. It is yet to be seen, how the aggressive approach bears fruit for PML-N in the upcoming elections.

Shehbaz Sharif’s Pragmatic Approach

On the contrary, Shehbaz Sharif is considered to have a measured and calculated approach, always suggesting non-aggressive methods while dealing with the military leadership, especially General Qamar Javed Bajwa. After voicing aggressive comments pertaining to the accountability of former generals by the PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, it appears second-tier party leadership from the Shehbaz Sharif camp viewed the need for an immediate fallback position, hence his return flight to London to sort out campaigning strategy for upcoming elections.

The announcement by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of its strategic support for the extension of General Bajwa highlights the intricate political dynamics of Pakistan, where political parties often make tactical and non-democratic decisions in order to overcome the difficulties posed by political adversaries.

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