ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Army has not demanded resignation of any federal minister including the defence minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for publicly ridiculing the military.
The federal information minister Pervez Rashid made it clear on Friday by dismissing all such reports in which Pakistan Army was mentioned to be demanding the resignation of couple of federal ministers.
He maintained that Pakistan Army was working according to the constitution.
According to Rashid rumours were spread by those who had been raised under dictatorship and were now jobless. He added that the court’s decision pertaining to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf will be accepted by all.
PakistanTribe reported on April 10, that despite the military top brass expressed concern over the statements of federal ministers, the leader of PML-N and federal minister of railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq 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.
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).
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.”