Army chief asks opposition leaders to not drag military into politics

Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa and head of the Inter-Services Int­elligence, Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, made it clear to opposition leaders that the army should not be dragged into rivalries of political parties. In a meeting with key opposition figures days before their multiparty conference, the senior military officials told that army is “not involved, directly or indirectly, in any political process of the country”.

“If required, the army will stand with the civilian government,” sources quoted a senior military official telling the parliamentary leaders during a meeting last week.

The September 16 meeting was attended by about 15 opposition figures and the meeting was not to be publicly disclosed. The parliamentary leaders had called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Inter-Services Intelligence Director General Lt Gen Faiz Hameed to discuss administrative matters of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and the role of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) among other issues.

Source: Express Tribune