The Pakistan Armed Forces condemned the broadcast of “unfounded, defamatory and provocative statements and remarks” against them on Sunday and called the practice “extremely harmful”.
In a statement from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), “Intensified and deliberate efforts” have recently been made to drag the Pakistan Armed Forces and their leadership in the ongoing political discourse in the country.”
These attempts are manifest through direct, insinuated, or nuanced references to the armed forces as well as their senior leadership, made by some political leaders, a few journalists and analysts on public forums and various communication platforms, including social media”.
The statement states that the practice of “unfounded, defamatory and provocative statements and comments are extremely harmful,” Pakistan’s Armed Forces “strongly oppose these illegal and unethical practices”, he said.
According to the statement, the army “expects everyone to respect the law and keep the armed forces away from political rhetoric in the country’s best interest.”
Don’t involve the army in political matters
Since the start of this year and in view of the rapid evolution of the political situation in the country, the Pakistan Army has repeatedly called upon people not to drag the army in political affairs.
After the dissolution of the National Assembly by President Arif Alvi on the advice of former Prime Minister Imran Khan on 3rd April, the Director-General of ISPR, Babar Iftikhar, said that the army had nothing to do with the political events of that day.
Answering a question about the military’s participation in the political developments of the day, DG ISPR categorically denied any form of participation and stated: “absolutely not”