“Military, judiciary, and establishment are all political players,” says Fawad Chaudhry [Watch here]

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry recently appeared on ARY news talk show ‘Off the Record’ and made some surprising comments about the establishment. He began the discussion by saying:

The neutral (military) establishment in Pakistan is a political player. How can it be neutral, as it is either on ‘this’ side or ‘that’. They are political players in Pakistan. They have to decide for themselves. The military and the judiciary have been political players in Pakistan’s 75-year history.

He further shared:

The monopoly on information, which belonged to the intelligence agencies previously, has been ended by social media now. The military and judiciary are powerful institutions, we can’t dictate them. Therefore, now they have to decide whether to keep on moving this way or adopt the path of modern institutions.

Talking about neutrals and neutrality and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) amendments, Fawad Chaudhry said:

There is a context to being neutral. The neutrals let the NAB laws be amended. If this is how the institutions have to remain neutral, then it will be a disaster. Even I was shocked that Shahbaz Sharif was being considered to become Prime Minister of Pakistan.

During a seminar on “Regime Change Conspiracy and Pakistan’s Destabilization” on the 22nd of June, Imran Khan said:

People ask me if I knew about it, then why didn’t I do anything? Well, I never imagined that they would appoint Shahbaz Sharif as the prime minister.

Here’s the full talk show episode video:

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