Amid raising concerns by Pakistan Army, Saad Rafiq stands by his words

General Raheel Sharif

ISLAMABAD – Despite the military top brass expressed concern over the statements of federal ministers, The leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and federal minister of railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq has said to be standing by his words previously stated about former President General (rtd) Pervez Musharraf and role of Pakistan Army in high treason case.

Khawaja was speaking at the launch ceremony of his ministerial department on Thursday when he made that statement.

Replying to a question, Khawaja said, “I am a born political worker and have no regrets about my stance in opposition of the dictator or dictatorial regime.”

Yesterday, in corps commanders’ conference headed by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, the top military commanders had expressed the concern over ‘undue criticism’ made by senior members of PML-N on army and its alleged role to protect Pervez Musharraf.

Though Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) never mentioned it any reservations in its official communique but ISPR sources confirmed may national media outlets that federal ministers’ statements had become in the part of table conversation in corps commanders’ meeting in General Headquarters (GHQ).

The generals are also said to be displeased with the manner in which the government has proceeded with the peace dialogue despite their reservations.

According to an officer who witnessed the proceedings of the Corps Commanders Conference, the intensity of the feelings on the issue remained high.

“The situation can be addressed only once there is realisation….,” a source said, indicating that commanders were finding the government indifferent to their complaints.

On April 8, PakistanTribe reported that General Raheel Sharif vowed to uphold the sanctity of Pakistan Army as an institute against ‘undue criticism’. However, at that time he never quoted any direct references.

Later, it was also reported that military’s top commanders would be discussing the statement of their top commander in corps commanders pre-scheduled meetup on April 9.

According to the Direcot General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Majore General Asim Bajwa’s tweet, the army chief said “Pakistan Army upholds sanctity of all institutions &will resolutely preserve its own dignity/institutional pride,on undue criticism.”

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