Pakistan PM Imran Khan's Cabinet Minister Zartaj Gul asserted averred that the Pakistani Army was their government's spokesperson. Appearing on a Pakistani news channel, Imran Khan's Minister proudly claimed Qamar Javed Bajwa's Army to be the "spokesperson" of the Pakistan government, thus augmenting the speculations of a soft coup. The statement comes amid the Opposition in Pakistan has been staging 'Azadi March' to oust the 'puppet' Imran Khan.
"We are proud that we are judiciary's spokespersons, we are proud that the army is our spokesperson," Zataj Gul said. Pakistan Climate Minister made the statement while slamming the country's Opposition.
Army is our spokesperson: Zartaj Gul. pic.twitter.com/4p6LPh5rJt— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) November 3, 2019
Pakistan's powerful military establishment has dominated the politics of the country. Last month, Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa privately held a meeting with the country's top business personalities in a bid to bolster Pakistan's cash-strapped economy. "National security is intimately linked to the economy while prosperity is a function of balance in security needs and economic growth," Gen Bajwa, who is also part of the National Development Council, told the audience.
Army chief has been taking a keen interest in the revival of the economy after apparent failure of the Imran Khan government to deliver on the economic front even after one year in power Gen Bajwa was appointed as a member of the high-powered National Development Council, put in place in July to set Pakistan's long-term economic plan. The Pakistan Army chief had also accompanied Imran Khan to China and US during his official visit this year.
Bajwa has reportedly directly interfered into Pakistan government's decisions pushing for a cabinet reshuffle. This ultimately led to Bajwa's appointment as a member of the newly-formed National Development Council headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan. In August, Imran Khan extended Bajwa's term by three years after the termination of his current tensure to tackle 'regional security' issues in the current environment as stated in an official statement by the Pakistan PMO.