President Arif Alvi Calls A Remark On Gen (Ret) Bajwa “Twisted And Self-Concocted.”

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On Monday, President Arif Alvi stated the media “wrongly ascribed” his words on former army head General (ret.) Qamar Javed Bajwa.

According to a statement released by the President’s Office, Alvi has taken note of the remark falsely attributed to him, in which he blames General (ret.) Qamar Javed Bajwa and his team for their support of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the Senate and during the elections.

He responded something along the lines of, “The phrase has been cited out of relation to the context and is distorted and self-concocted,” but did not elaborate on this.

At a dinner with journalists, business leaders, and foreign diplomats, President Alvi made these remarks.

When asked why and when Khan and Gen (ret) Bajwa’s relationship soured, the president wryly responded that he was still looking for the answer to this question, but that it was probably in October of last year, and then in April or May of this year.

In response to Khan’s criticism of the ex-army commander, the president said that he thought there was some “pushing away,” despite the other side’s denials.

President Alvi further said that even influential figures like Shireen Mazari had to admit they were unable to stop the mistreatment of journalists under the PTI’s rule.

To continue, he said that the National Accountability Bureau was subject to heavy meddling. He said that the political class needed to grow up to meet the challenge.

In response to whether or not Khan ever considered firing Gen. (ret.) Bajwa, the president said, “No, I don’t think so.” There was no truth to such rumour.

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