RAWALPINDI: Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Wednesday maintained that there was no role of Pakistan Army in the Azadi March or sit-in in Islamabad.
Talking to a private news channel, the DG ISPR said the Pakistan Army supported the elected government during the 2014 sit-in of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). He said the Army is bound to follow the directions of the government and in 2014 it provided security to important government buildings and installations on the directions of then government.
Major General Asif Ghafoor said march or sit-in is a political activity and the Pakistan Army as an institution has nothing to do with it.
The military spokesman said the Pakistan Army always remains busy in strengthening the defence and security of the country. He said the Army has no time for indulging in such activities. During the last few days when sit-in of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) started and march was held ahead of it, some allegations are being hurled on the state institutions by the opposition leaders. The military spokesman said the Army gave very calculated response to such allegations.
Major General Asif Ghafoor said it is totally up to the government and opposition how to conduct political activities and the Army has nothing to do with it. He made it clear that the Pakistan Army never indulges itself in any such activities.
The DG ISPR said the JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman is a senior and patriotic politician and he knows very well the implications of certain actions.
The military spokesman said the Army performed security duty in elections only as part of its constitutional duties. He said when the armed forces are requisitioned in aid of civil government during any national calamity or general elections, it is question of implementation of order of the government as per the Constitution. He also mentioned that the Army Chief had given a proposal to enabling police to maintain security at elections where role of military should become zero.
The DG ISPR said there cannot be any compromise on the core issue of Kashmir with India.