No Relationship With New Army Chief, Says Imran

No Relationship With New Army Chief, Says Imran
Ex-premier and PTI chief Imran Khan has said that his party has no relationship with the incumbent Chief of the Army Staff General Asim Munir at the moment.

"Look, we do not have any relationship [with the current military regime] as of now, Imran said during an interview with BBC Urdu, on Wednesday.

The former premier was asked about his and his party's ties with Gen Asim, and whether he had made an attempt to establish contacts with the new leadership of the army.

'Snap polls around the corner'

According to the former premier, the incumbent, PMLN-led government will be forced to hold elections in April this year.

The interviewer had pointed to the analysis in the media that despite PTI's efforts to have the polls held in Aug, the National Assembly will complete its tenure and the general elections will be held in Oct this year.

'No talks possible'

Though Imran didn't directly deny a possibility of talks with the current regime on the current economic situation, he, between the lines, refused the prospects of a dialogue.

"Free and fair elections are the only solution [to the current economic woes]," he said when asked about the possible talks for the betterment of the country.

Corruption, Economy

The PTI chief reiterated that the incumbent rulers had shredded the supremacy of law to pieces, and are now functioning scot-free despite their "theft".

He maintained that the economy was in a really bad shape, with reserves of only $4 billion left and rising inflation and unemployment as industries continue to shut down.

Earlier this month, Imran lashed out at ex-COAS Gen (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa, saying he turned out to be “a different man” after getting an extension in his term.

He had also said that he made a mistake by granting Bajwa extension, saying the former general started to act ‘neutral’ afterwards.

Imran had accused former COAS of acquiring the services of Hussain Haqqani, ex-envoy to the US, for a “campaign” against him.

He had alleged that a CIA operative was part of the team to lobby against a “sitting prime minister”.