Military leadership stresses to keep army away from political matters
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Military leadership insists on keeping army away from political matters and clarified that Pakistan Army has nothing directly or indirectly to do with any political activity in the country on Monday. This was stated by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence (DG ISI) Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed during a meeting with parliamentary leaders last week and discussed administrative affairs of Gilgit-Baltistan. During the meeting, the military leadership said that the army will continue to help civil administration, whenever it is needed and stressed to keep the army away from political matters. Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the opposition’s All Parties Conference (APC) was an attempt to defame the state institutions. He said that Pakistan armed forces are a guarantee of national security. “The PML-N has once again promoted the Indian agenda. It is part of Indian conspiracy to defame Pak Army before the United Nations meeting,” he added. The prime minister said that Nawaz Sharif had always weakened the institutions after getting the power. “Nawaz Sharif forget about the rigging done in his favour,” he added. Yesterday, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto announced to launch the protest movement from today. Addressing the All Parties Conference, he said that the days of the government had been numbered. “We all utilize all democratic options, including protest and no-confidence move,” he declared. Bilawal Bhutto said that the opposition does not have a level playing field in the media, courts and now in the Parliament too. “This was not the vision of the Founder of the Nation. We have gathered here to form a strategy for the future because in the last two years, this ‘selected’ government has troubled the common people of Pakistan.” He said that the people of Pakistan are waiting for a substantial outcome from this APC, not ordinary resolutions or mere statements. “The people of Pakistan want freedom which is guaranteed by the constitution and the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Without democracy in the country, the economic rights of the people are trampled over by anti-democratic forces. We can see the result of this ‘selected’ government which has stalled economic growth, increased inflation and price hike, and with this lack of democracy, the society has weakened. The crimes in the country are on the increase while the law and order situation is worsening. We need elected people so that the voices of the weak are heard,” he added. The PPP chairman said that among them are the people who had struggled for democracy and peoples’ rights in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) and the Alliance for Restoration of Democracy (ARD). “We all have seen dictatorships and controlled democracy in Pakistan and this is the time to demand real democracy. This is our responsibility to unite and struggle for real democracy. This is the time to make a new Charter of Democracy and to take it to people from Balochistan to Azad Kashmir and the rural areas. “If we are not allowed to spread this message through the media, then we would have to go door to door and transform the peoples’ support into our strength. We have to challenge not only this government but its facilitators from the streets, but also from the places that they are occupying right now. They are occupying the National Assembly and the Senate but we have to free our Parliament.” Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif said that the government had become a security risk for Pakistan. “The present government is ‘selected’ and came into being through rigging,” he added.