Khan himself was ousted from office in a parliamentary vote last year that he says was orchestrated by Pakistan’s top generals. The military denies this.
No official reason was given for Munir’s premature removal, but Khan acknowledged in the interview, for the first time, that he had wanted him gone from the role.
“I think that maybe he has a grudge because I asked him to resign” as ISI chief, Khan said. “I don’t know.”
When asked why he had asked Munir to resign, Khan said: “You know, I, as prime minister, felt that how the intelligence agency was run… I had my issues with that.” He did not elaborate.
Munir was later selected as the country’s top general by Khan’s successor and political rival, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
He shouldn’t have issues with that now because he is the army chief,” Khan said, referring to Munir’s removal as ISI head. “So why would he harbour that grudge?”
Khan said he was puzzled by the campaign against him.
“(I am) someone who’s been known in this country for 50 years, who’s probably won all the awards in this country and probably the most well-known Pakistani, and suddenly being treated as a sort of alien, as an enemy of the state.”