Bajwa, Bushra Bibi and Beijing: Is it endgame for Imran Khan in Pakistan? | OPINION

The cut up is large open between Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa over the appointment of Lt General Nadeem Ahmad Anjum as the subsequent director normal of Pakistan’s omnipotent spy company, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Imran Khan refused to ratify the appointment of Lt Gen Anjum as DG ISI for near per week after a proper announcement was made by Pakistan Army’s media wing the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on October 6.

After a number of rounds of messengers touring between General Headquarters, Rawalpindi and Imran Khan’s workplace in Islamabad, General Bajwa even went to Imran Khan’s residence at Bani Gala looking for a decision of the difficulty however Imran Khan refused to relent. There is now a full-blown crisis in Pakistan over who the next DG ISI would be.

Imran Khan needs Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, the incumbent DG ISI – who oversaw the democratically elected Ashraf Ghani authorities being evicted from workplace in Kabul and traveled to Kabul, extensively photographed on the Serena Hotel, to make sure Taliban takeover was easy and Haqqani Network known as the pictures – to proceed in workplace until the state of affairs stabilised in Afghanistan.

Gen Faiz Hameed is himself eager to take over the Peshawar Corps in order that he completes the obligatory one yr as corps commander to be in line to be eligible to be the subsequent chief of military workers (COAS) in Pakistan if and when General Bajwa steps down on the finish of his present extension as Pakistan COAS.

So, is stability in Afghanistan the rationale why Imran Khan needs Lt Gen Faiz Hameed to proceed as DG ISI?

Is it civilian supremacy as some in Pakistan make it out to be that Imran Khan needs to have the final phrase on the appointment of DG ISI?

Or, is the rationale nearer residence? The hearsay mill in Pakistan is working extra time. The grapevine has it that Imran Khan known as chosen prime minister himself is towards the collection of Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum as DG ISI for a selected purpose.

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It is rumored that Imran Khan’s third spouse Bushra Biwi, also referred to as Pinki Peerni, who believes in djinns and has appreciable affect over Imran Khan, known as for Lt Gen Faiz Hameed’s horoscope and went by it. She is then presupposed to have advised Imran Khan that she sees ‘darkish days’ forward for him, particularly round December the place his fortunes will eclipse.

She can be understood to have advised him that his stars are aligned to Lt Gen Faiz Hameed and in case Lt Gen Faiz stays as DG ISI until early 2022, Imran Khan will survive as Pakistan’s prime minister past December 2021.

Whether that is true or not, nothing else explains Imran Khan taking over Gen Bajwa understanding effectively all earlier Pakistan prime minister who took on the omnipotent Pakistan Army in the previous confronted the axe, actually and figuratively.

The Pakistan Army has dominated the nation instantly or not directly for greater than half its complete existence after partition in 1947. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had axed Gen Gul Hasan Khan and Air Marshal Abdul Rahim Khan however was later hanged by his handpicked General Zia ul Haq.

His daughter Benazir Bhutto too took on the omnipotent Lt Gen Hamid Gul and eliminated him as DG ISI bringing in her favourite retired Lt Gen Shamsur Rahman Kallu as DG ISI however each have been outplayed by the Pakistan Army and sacked.

Nawaz Sharif tried to determine civilian supremacy after Pakistan Army’s defeat in Kargil by sacking Gen Pervez Musharraf and bringing in then DG ISI Lt Gen Tajuddin because the COAS however the 111 Brigade carried out a coup, Gen Musharraf took over because the army dictator of Pakistan.

Despite a number of such examples, none ending effectively for the civilian prime ministers, Imran Khan has challenged Gen Bajwa who has one other yr in workplace, courtesy the extension given by Imran Khan himself.

By brazenly difficult the Pakistan Army over the appointment of DG ISI, has Imran Khan bitten greater than he can chew?

Is Imran Khan hoping to use fissures throughout the Pakistan military over the extension given to Gen Bajwa?

Is he hoping to brazen it out with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders insisting there isn’t a various to Imran Khan?

Neither Pakistan Army nor Imran Khan is on a really sturdy wicket proper now. The financial system is in the doldrums and the state of affairs in Afghanistan precarious. To add to Imran Khan’s troubles the joke in Pakistan is US President Joe Biden nonetheless refuses to name him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi by no means returns his calls.

Given this example, will Pakistan Army de-select Imran Khan? There are a number of contenders together with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi ready in the wings to bop to Pakistan Army’s tune.

In Pakistan, it was all the time mentioned: 3 ‘A’ run the nation: America, Army and Allah.

Have the three ‘A’ been changed by 3 ‘B’: Bushra Bibi, Bajwa and Beijing.

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