PML-N’s criticism of army was positive, unlike Imran’s, says Maryam

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz called out former prime minister Imran Khan on Thursday for “criticizing” the Pakistan Army, saying that his criticism was for his own sake, unlike the PML-N’s.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad outside the high court, Maryam said the PML-N also criticised the army but “it was positive criticism”. She added that the PML-N wanted them (the army) to play their constitutionally mandated role.

“However, Imran is attacking the army because it was abiding by the constitution,” she alleged. In an allusion to Imran’s comments that the establishment should make the “right decision” to prevent Pakistan from “suicide”, Maryam asked Imran about these “right decisions”.

“What are the right decisions in your opinion?” she asked.

“Imran believes that the army standing by the constitution instead of him was wrong,” Maryam said, adding that Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa was a “great general” when he was supporting him during the PTI government, but now he was being called “Mir Jaffar and Mir Sadiq” by the PTI chief.

She claimed that Imran had always turned on his benefactors and supporters. According to Maryam, Imran was desperate for power and he wanted to take revenge on the “state” for his failures in politics. She also took the former premier to the task of saying that Pakistan could “split into three parts”, saying nothing will happen to Pakistan but the party of the former premier itself would be split into 300 parts.