Turning around

Imran Khan has given the US a clean chit and instead held former army leader Qamar Javed Bajwa guilty for the 'plot' that ended in his dismissal in April last year via a no-confidence resolutio

It was first just the PDM’s nerve game, then a dead scheme that was certain to fail.

Then there was the cypher. No, it was the work of moneybags. Oh, no, it was a scheme devised by both the US and Mir Jafar. However, this is not the end of the world. That, however, is not the end of politics. This is Imran Khan’s politics.

After months of accusing the US, President Zardari, and the establishment, former Prime Minister Imran Khan has given the US a clean chit and instead held former army leader Qamar Javed Bajwa guilty for the ‘plot’ that ended in his dismissal in April last year via a no-confidence resolution.

Taking a U-turn is a wonderful thing, and it is part of our daily life. We are not divine beings. We establish plans, change them, enhance them, and sometimes abandon them.

But Imran Khan keeps shifting the goalposts as well as his political positions so regularly and unrelentingly that I have never witnessed such demonstrations in my life. The former prime minister lashed out at the ex-chief of army staff, claiming that he was the source of all the troubles affecting Pakistan today. Imran Khan used to praise Bajwa sahib for his “positive responsibilities” in the government while he was in office. And now: “Whatever transpired, as events emerge, it wasn’t the US that told Pakistan to depose me.” Unfortunately, according to the facts, it was former army head Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa who convinced the Americans that I was anti-American. As a result, the plan to depose me was not imported from there. “It was exported from here to there,” Mr Khan told a foreign news organisation. Should we call it a U-turn from his former posture of blaming the United States?

He also referred to Gen Bajwa as a super monarch, claiming that his three-and-a-half-year tenure as Prime Minister was more akin to that of a puppet since Bajwa would oversee the economy, politics, and foreign policy.

If this is the case, Imran Khan should credit Gen Bajwa for a string of successes during his term. However, Imran Khan accuses the former Prime Minister of impeding accountability and allowing Shehbaz Sharif and Asif Zardari to walk free. The PTI chairman alleged that Mr Bajwa had decided that Shehbaz Sharif would not be held accountable since he had already chosen to elevate him to the position of Prime Minister.

Imran Khan blames Bajwa for disqualifying former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers case, not just his government.

What happened?

He claims that he (Bajwa) dispatched two brigadiers to prove Nawaz’s involvement in the Panama case. This is why Nawaz refuses to forgive Bajwa.” Mr Khan went on to say that the ex-army commander and all the agencies used to warn the media and his government members how corrupt the Pakistan Democratic Movement leaders were.

Mr Khan would blame Ge Bajwa for the Toshakhana case against him since the government and “handlers” made a huge issue out of nothing. He chastised the government for labeling the Toshakhana presents as a “state secret,” although the Supreme Court had requested information on all gifts received since the country’s independence.

I’m waiting for Mr Khan to reveal that Gen Bajwa enabled Nawaz Sharif to depart Pakistan for medical reasons and that the PML-N supremo’s medical records were altered on Bajwa’s orders.

Why aren’t election dates announced?

If you ask Imran Khan, he will pronounce the well-known name.

Why is the IMF hesitant to work with Pakistan?

Ishaq Dar would claim it was because of Imran Khan, and Imran Khan would blame Gen Bajwa.

The life goes on.