The military in a statement said it "categorically rejects the assertions that army and ISI are backing Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tahreek in anyway in the current political standoff." "Army is an apolitical institution and has expressed its unequivocal support for democracy at numerous occasions. It is unfortunate that Army is being dragged into such controversies," it said.
The army's statement came soon after Javed Hashmi, who was expelled from PTI for criticising party chairman Imran Khan for marching to the parliament on Saturday, pointed fingers at the army and the ISI for "planning" the anti-government protests to topple Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Hashmi also alleged that Supreme Court chief justice Nasirul Mulk was also part of the plan as he would approve the toppling of government and new elections. He said Khan told his close colleagues that "we have a friendly chief justice now". "Imran had told the core committee...we will file a petition in the Supreme Court and get a judge of our choosing who will say okay to everything," Hashmi said.
Hashmi claimed that Khan told close party members that it was decided that elections would be held before end of the year. Hashmi also said that army was keeping the Khan and Qadri together. "Imran would only move when Qadri moved. Whether it was from Lahore, or when we arrived. Are we their hostages?" Hashmi said angrily.