Army supporting Imran because they don't have political options: Fawad

Says PM has told cabinet members to deliver in six months or tide will turn against them

By: News Desk      Published: 02:11 AM, 23 Jun, 2020
Army supporting Imran because they don't have political options: Fawad
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain says Prime Minister Imran Khan doesn't listen to him anymore.–File photo

Prime Minister Imran Khan has told his cabinet members the tide will turn against them if they failed to deliver in the next six months, says Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain.

“Infighting in the party damaged the government. Prime minister’s advisers are making decisions and political people have become just onlookers. Army’s role increased due to the weak political leadership,” Fawad told senior journalist Sohail Warraich in an interview for Voice of America Urdu.

Fawad said that people had a lot of expectations from the PTI government and Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said the PTI was not elected to make minor fixes; it was elected to reform the entire system. He said there was a different yardstick to measure the success of this government compared to the past governments. He said the PTI leadership could not deliver due to its own faults.

Fawad said that Imran Khan was very clear about the change in the system before coming into power, but the fight among Asad Umar, Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Jahangir Khan Tareen threw the entire political class out of the game. He said that Tareen got Asad thrown out of finance ministry and then Asad came back and he got Tareen thrown out of the party. He said that meetings were held between Qureshi and Tareen, but their issues remained unresolved. As a result, he said, people who had nothing to do with politics filled the political vacuum in the party.

Fawad told Warraich the Muslim world does not have a leader like Imran Khan and he is the only one who can bring the Muslim world and the West closer, but no progress has been made in this regard due to the internal weaknesses. He said that everyone talks about civilian supremacy, but look at your parliamentary leadership and then provincial leadership and decide if civilian supremacy is possible with such a leadership.

The science and technology minister said it was beyond his comprehension why Imran Khan appointed weak people to key posts. He said that such appointments damaged Imran Khan personally. He said the PTI was running a routine government. He said the reason the army and other institutions are fully supporting Imran Khan is they don’t have any political options available. He said he has good relations with the army and he gets a lot of support from the army. He said the prime minister does not listen to his advice, but he continues to give him advice.