DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar’s Media Briefing

Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar has announced in a press conference that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa will retire on time.

Responding to a question during a press conference in Rawalpindi, Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Babar Iftikhar said that neither COAS Bajwa has demanded extension nor he will accept it. The Army Chief will retire on time on November 29, 2022.

In response to a question, DG ISPR said that we have nothing to do with politics, no by-election, no local body election, no interference. Earlier it was said that calls come, if there is any evidence of interference then bring it forward.

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Moreover, General Babar Iftikhar explained the story of BBC Urdu about the night of April 9, 2022. Addressing the press conference, General Iftikhar said that on the night of April 9, the Army Chief and DG Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had no meeting with the then Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Prime Minister’s House.

“Everything is a lie,” he said. There can be no bigger lie than this from an international leading agency, it was a completely fabricated story, it never happened. In response to a question, Major General Babar Iftikhar said that he had no information about the meeting of two senior officials in the President’s Chamber in the Parliament House.

He further said that Imran Khan was not given any option by the Establishment. During the deadlock, the Army Chief was contacted by the Prime Minister’s Office to discuss the rescue operation. The leadership of our political parties was not ready to talk to each other and the Army Chief and DG ISI went there. Three things were discussed with different comrades about what could happen, including the resignation of the Prime Minister, withdrawal of the no-confidence motion and the option of dissolving the assemblies by the Prime Minister.

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The DG ISPR said that on the third option, the Prime Minister said that it was acceptable. “Talk to the opposition on our behalf,” said PM Khan, on which the Army Chief took the petitions to the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and laid the petitions before them. There was a lively discussion on this but the opposition said that we will not take such a step.

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