Army Chief Says Army Does Not Have Role In Political Affairs


Army Chief says Army does not have role in political affairs

General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that it is essential for army that it should stay away from politics.

RAWALPINDI: (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News-Sept 21st, 2020) Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that Pakistan did not have role in matters related to politics, clearly pointing out that it was essential for army to stay away from politics.

General Bajwa also categorically said that army did not play any role in recently done FATF legislation, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Gilgit-Baltistan.

He expressed these views during his meeting with parliamentary leaders while Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt General Faiz Hameed was also with him.

The Army Chief said that political leadership was responsible for all these matters. He stated that Gilgit Balistan had strategic importance and therefore broad-based consultation was quite important. The Armed forces, the army chief said, would continue to assist the civilian governments when they needed it. The matter related to making Gilgit-Baltistan as fifth province of Pakistan was also discussed during the meeting between Army chief and the parliamentary leaders.

The Opposition’s parliamentary leaders said that people of Gilgit-Baltistan wanted reforms and advised the authorities concerned that status of the GB should not be changed as it would damage the Kashmir issue.

According to the latest reports, Army chief General Qamar Javed called on Prime Minister Imran Khan and discussed the national security and other matters of mutual interests. The Army Chief also briefed him about border situation and Indian firing there. The members of the cabinet were also present there, the sources said.

Fida Hussnain

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