Islamabad, 11th January: Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar, director-general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the army does not need to get involved in politics.
Baaghi TV: Maj Gen Babar said on Monday that the army is compliant to the government and does not need to get involved in politics, nor should it be dragged into it.
While addressing a press conference, the DG ISPR said that there has been no secret contact with Opposition parties as is being speculated in the media.
“Absolutely not,” he said.
Watch DG ISPR’s media talk here:
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He added, “To level allegations is not right. The army is subservient to the government and the government has responded to these allegations in a better way.”
When asked what the army thinks of the announcement made by the chief of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Maulana Fazlur Rahman, that he will march to Rawalpindi, the General said he does not see any reason for the PDM to head to Rawalpindi.
He responded, “If it all they want to come, we will take care of them. Serve them tea. What more can I say.”
When asked if the army would take any action against those vilifying the institution, the ISPR chief said the army is simply doing its job and will respond to criticism only when it is felt that is based on facts.
“We are pre-occupied and do not want to get involved in such things nor will we. We have stayed the course and we will stay the course. There is nothing to worry about; we are not worried.”
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