Pakistan Army Chief, General Qamar Bajwa has said that the military has decided to remain apolitical and will remain so in the future. In his farewell addresses at the military's headquarters on Wednesday, he said that the army had initiated its process of “catharsis” and expected that political parties would follow suit as well and reflect on their behaviour. General Bajwa commented on political matters and said armies around the world are seldom criticised but the army in Pakistan is often subjected to criticism. "I think the reason for that is the army's involvement in politics." "That is why in February this year, the army decided not to interfere in politics."
General Bajwa said the "reality is that there have been mistakes from every institution, including political parties. He added that lessons should be learned from the mistakes so the nation could move forward. No single party can take Pakistan out of the current economic crisis, he said. He further said that that a true democratic culture has to be adopted in Pakistan by eradicating the climate of intolerance. "You think that the armed forces would sit idly by if there were an external conspiracy in the country," Bajwa said, referring to Khan's claim that the parliamentary confidence vote that ousted him in April was part of a U.S.-backed plot.The former premier has also alleged that the military played a role in his ouster, a charge the army has denied."A state of hysteria was created in the country on the pretext of a fake and false narrative," the army chief said about Khan's main accusation that Washington supported his removal with the help of a local handler.