In a press conference held Thursday afternoon, the Director-General (DG) of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Babar Iftikhar, urged political parties and the general public not to involve the Pakistan Army in political issues.
According to the Director-General of the ISPR, any attempt to sow discord between the civilian population and the armed forces is counterproductive to national interests. However, he stated that an “unfair campaign” is being waged against the army and its leadership, which he considered constructive criticism.
He is giving a press briefing on the 79th Formation Commanders’ Conference, which was conducted recently at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Gen Iftikhar stated that the formation commanders had expressed confidence in the actions taken to ensure the security of the country, particularly in light of international security and the Pakistan Army’s duty in defending the rule of law in the country.
“They were unanimous in their belief that democracy, institutional strength, rule of law, and all institutions operating within constitutional constraints serve as guarantors of national interest,” stated the director-general of the ISPR.
According to him, the army’s power is based on public support, and the concept of national security is useless unless it has the support of the people of the country.
Gen Iftikhar stated that any purposeful or unintentional attempt that results in a divide between the country and the armed forces is detrimental to the greater national interest. “An organized hostile propaganda campaign is being waged against the Pakistan Army and its leadership,” he said. Even fake audio messages from various retired senior military officers are being produced with the use of deep-fake technology in order to create a rift between the general public and the armed services.
“This is illegal, unethical, and completely counter to the national interest,” he declared. “
He then appealed to the general people and political parties to refrain from using the army in politics.
“We want to keep out of it,”. “Please keep us out of this discussion,” he added, adding that this effort has never been effective in the past and will not be successful in the future.
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In response to another query, the Director-General of the ISPR underlined that the army has no connection to politics.
“The Army will not intervene in any by-election or election for local bodies,” the statement reads.
He stated that it was stated that “calls were received,” and that proof, if any, should be brought to the forefront of the investigation.