‘Javed Hashmi’s statement aimed at maligning army’

Published: January 3, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Hitting out at Javed Hashmi for levelling allegations against him, Lt Gen (retd) Tariq Khan said that army bashing was being done at the behest of some ‘unscrupulous scoundrels’.

In a strongly-worded statement on his WhatsApp and Facebook, the ex-army commander refuted claims made by Hashmi in a TV interview that the former was involved in a planned coup against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 2014.

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“Of late, a politician by the name of Javed Hashmi has taken it upon himself to accuse me of planning some sort of coup in my time and day,” Lt Gen Khan said in his rejoinder.

The former army commander has asked the government to initiate a fact finding inquiry into the allegations.

The former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf president had claimed that the coup was planned when the party’s chairman Imran Khan staged a sit-in in Islamabad to press the prime minister to resign over alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections.

“Imran Khan meant martial law when he said the umpire would raise his finger,” Hashmi was quoted as telling a private TV channel during the interview.

The retired general also denied he had attended any celebration, ceremony, marriage or funeral with politicians in attendance. “This is not because I think of politicians any lesser than myself but simply because my life, its conduct and its meaning never needed me to engage with politicians’’.

Defending his position for his alleged role in the country’s political affairs, the retired general explained that he did not know Javed Hashmi nor did he wish to know him in the future.

He recalled that Hashmi had made similar claims in the past which he had ignored them, assuming that having suffered a stroke he [Hashmi] was probably mentally challenged.

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“His age is another factor. But his diatribe continues and is even worse than before. Had it just been my person, I would have allowed this to fade away as most nonsense does but this involves a whole institution, belittle its leadership and defames it in the eyes of the people for no reason and as such needs a response,” he said.

The ex-military commander also criticised the TV channel for telecasting Hashmi’s interview.

“As such these stories that Javed Hashmi is coming up with are a figment of his own imagination and I am surprised that his mental handicap is being exploited by the media.

If this gentleman is of sound mental health then his accusations make him a liar lacking self-respect. I would request a government enquiry into this matter,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 3rd, 2017.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • abood
    Jan 3, 2017 - 11:00AM

    So now the army men are facing the heat.its 21st century we want true democracy and this democarcy will evolve.the army needs to sit in and does what its suppose to do .they are not meant for ruling the country .pti is soon going to be history in 2018 because of the way they behaved after 2013.i wasted my vote for pti will never do it again.Recommend

  • Aftab
    Jan 3, 2017 - 11:15AM

    The first indication of liar is: he starts to criticize personally rather answering the allegations. This general is doing the same. Recommend

  • Sabi
    Jan 3, 2017 - 11:16AM

    Okay then why are banned lashkars roaming free if none in army is behind them. Don’t say politicians are behind them. They are not able even to retain their diplomats disliked or rejected by some anchor persons. on who’s agenda are some tv channels bullying politicians and system without any fear of law.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Jan 3, 2017 - 11:27AM

    Well said General. It’s time Hashmi was thoroughly probed, including his mental faculties. And if he found mentally challenged then the GOP owes it to Hashmi to be give him proper care in a Govt hospital. . Recommend

  • Sameer
    Jan 3, 2017 - 11:48AM

    Hashmi will be well rewarded for his services by the Sharifs. After all who could be their inside man in PTI and remain shrouded till the very end. Recommend

  • Khan
    Jan 3, 2017 - 12:20PM

    These people were behind dharna, no matter how strong worded refutations they give. Whenever someone points to a wrongdoing of an individual from the military, these people equate it with defamation of the army. During those days 4 sitting corps commanders were in favor of martial law. Going by this trend, if someone says Musharraf imposed martial law then he would be defaming army Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Jan 3, 2017 - 12:56PM

    He duped IK who thought he was the smartest. Recommend

  • Singh
    Jan 3, 2017 - 2:14PM

    Without fire, there is never a smoke.Recommend

  • azmat
    Jan 3, 2017 - 3:03PM

    @Aftab: And that is exactly what Hashmi has done too. Levelling allegations, isn’t it? Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 3, 2017 - 4:56PM

    Strong worded media statements are not enough. General may be right that he had nothing to do with Dharna but there were some disgruntled elements from armed forces who had planned something. May be they had planned coup against Imran Khan after his takeover. Recommend

  • Bashir
    Jan 3, 2017 - 5:55PM

    You cannot blame Hashmi for his excitement. After seeing a 70 years plus who could hardly sit take the governership of a province, he sees himeself fit for a similar role. Recommend

  • Al Kemal
    Jan 3, 2017 - 8:16PM

    We must not take seriously Javed Hashmi off and on out burstRecommend

  • Auginpk
    Jan 4, 2017 - 6:20AM

    Whoever occupies public space will be subject to public scrutiny, whether one like it or not.Recommend

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