PM sacks his minister under 'no rift with army' policy
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has got resignation from one of his ministers, Senator Mushahidullah, who gave a controversial interview about the ex-DG ISI's role in last year's sit-ins that he claimed were aimed at toppling the PML(N) government and Chief of Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif. Senator Mushahidullah, who was given the portfolio of Minister for Climate Change gave an interview to BBC last week in which he said the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif showed an audio to the army chief in which General Zaheerul Islam was giving instructions to PTI, PAT leaders and others to takeover the PM House during the decisive phase of 'dharna', etc.
Mushahidullah further told BBC that the army chief called the DG ISI Zaheerul Islam during meeting with Prime Minister in which DG ISI confirmed his voice in the audio tape and then Gen. Raheel Sharif asked him 'you can go now'.
This statement of the Federal Minister Mushahidullah heated up controversy and the ISPR immediately issued a denial of the audio tape and termed baseless the claims of the minister. Likewise, Prime Minister spokesman also issued a strong worded denial of audio tape and said the statement of Mushahidullah was baseless and that the audio take that he talked about does not exist.
On the other hand the PM sought explanation from the minister about his interview and then got resignation from him to send a message that if any other minister or PML(N) leader dared to create a rift between the government and the army would meet with the same fate.
The Prime Minister, however, did not take any notice of the similar statements of Khawaja Asif, who holds dual portfolios of Ministry of Defence and Water and Power. Khawaja Asif was the first minister who raised the issue of audio tape and coup conspiracy, but the PM and the PML(N) overlooked it.
The PM became suddenly active and enraged when Senator Mushahidullah once again raised the issue of coup plan of ex-DG ISI against the government. It is because Senator Mushahidullah was quite a weak minister as compared to Khawaja Asif and the Prime Minister found it easy to sack him to end uneasiness in the army's circles and to forewarn his ministers and party leaders of a strict action.
Many political circles are of the opinion that Nawaz Sharif had taken a right decision by sacking Mushahidullah, because rift with army was neither in the interest of the government nor in the country.
Pakistan Army is fighting the decisive phase of war against the militants and at this time any rift between the government and the army could damage the ongoing military operation and can harm the democracy and peaceful environment in the country.
Political analysts believe that Prime Minister is now enjoying good understanding with the Army Chief and both are working together to achieve the goals of the war on terror. The government-army rift that was at its peak during PTI-PAT's sit-ins has vanished like ' dharnas' and like those who were giving instructions to the PTI-PAT leaders to occupy PM House and create anarchy in Islamabad.
Pakistan is now moving towards economic growth, stability and peace and this trend coupled with the implementation of the China-Pak Economic Corridor Project is expected to change the shape of the country in coming years.