Bajwa signaled at imposing martial law, claims Zardari

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Former president and co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari said that former army chief general Qamar Javed Bajwa had made suggestions on imposing martial law.

Asif Zardari, speaking to an interview with private TV channel, said that when the former army chief general Bajwa contacted him prior to the motion of no-confidence, he was signaling to apply marshal law through his “body language.”

In addition, Asif Zardari said, “General Bajwa called us and said that I can tell Imran Khan will resign and you go to the election now, which I and Maulana Fazlur Rehman refused.”

“We brought in our army chief, who was third or fourth, and we brought a no-confidence motion to foil this plan because we knew they were planning to stay until 2035,” the former president alleged.

Asif Zardari responded to the host’s question about holding political negotiations by saying that he will first consult with his friends about the matter.

Asif Zardari said, “We have no objection to elections, there is a problem with history. We need some time, the IMF financing needs to come, and the situation is not ideal right now.”

“Extending the election beyond October is not conceivable. Elections should be held one day, but all parties should meet to discuss their options,” former president concluded.