Islamabad: – The tension between Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Prime Minister Imran Khan has peaked. There is speculation that General Bajwa would oust Imran Khan at any given moment. At the same time, it is claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan will order the dismissal of General Bajwa as soon as any actions are taken against him. The political atmosphere in Pakistan is tensed, with the Army Chief and Prime Minister are prepared to draw swords against each other.
The appointment of the head of Pakistan’s notorious ISI has sparked the controversy between Army chief Bajwa and Prime Minister Imran Khan. General Bajwa had expelled Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed from the post and appointed Lieutenant General Nadeem Anjum in his place. Prime Minister Imran Khan disagreed and refused to sign the order. As a result, a power struggle has flared up in Pakistan and either the Prime Minister or the Chief of Army Staff would undoubtedly be the victim. Senior journalists in the country are now claiming that both the Prime Minister and the Chief of Army Staff can’t withdraw as they have made it a matter of prestige.
However, Pakistan’s law minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the Prime Minister and the army chief are in touch over the appointment of the ISI chief. Fawad Chowdhury also refuted claims that the dispute between the Prime Minister and the Army Chief had escalated. The head of ISI will be appointed as per the law. He said the decision was in the hands of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, adding that only Imran Khan will decide, which will also be discussed in the Pakistani cabinet, said Fawad Chaudhry.
Meanwhile, some journalists have claimed that the Pakistani opposition has become aggressive against Prime Minister Imran Khan at the behest of the army chief. When there is a major upheaval in Afghanistan and India has become aggressive on the Kashmir issue, some journalists have expressed concerns that the internal power struggle could prove fatal for Pakistan.