Democracy in Pakistan faces no threat from army: DG ISPR

Published: January 22, 2018

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor has said that democracy in the country faces no threat from Pakistan Army.

“This is the third consecutive elected Parliament which is completing its tenure,” the DG said in an interview. “Army chief [Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa] has always said he believes in the Constitution and rule of law [and] that has to be supreme.”

If the masses continue to reap the benefits of democracy, then democracy has no threats, he added.

“Democracy must prevail in the country, it does not face any threat from us,” the DG remarked.

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On the situation on the Working Boundary and the Line of Control (LoC), Maj Gen Ghafoor said ceasefire violations were the highest the previous year since 2003.

“1,881 ceasefire violations were carried out in 2017, while 208 violations have already taken place this year.”

There are two reasons [of an escalation in the violations], the DG explained. “Firstly, India wants to deflect the world’s attention from the atrocities in occupied Kashmir.”

“Secondly, it wants to divert Pakistan’s attention from the war on terror.”

“Pakistan Army, as a professional force, will not initiate [any such aggression] but will always give a befitting response to any misadventure,” he remarked.

The DG categorically denied that there were any Haqqani network sanctuaries inside the country. He reiterated that 43% of Afghanistan was not under the control of the Afghan government.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 23, 2018 - 12:55AM

    Democracy must prevail in the country, it does not face any threat from us,” the DG remarked.

    But Pakistan democracyd is being threatened by the political establishment of the disqualified Prime minister and his surrogates governance.

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  • bronco
    Jan 23, 2018 - 1:17AM

    No reason for the military to fear the civilian govt – they do a good job of keeping them weak/off-balanced. Also – despite the chest thumping the military knows that an overthrow would be the last straw for the USA – cutoff of money isn’t the only option available to the USA. Recommend

  • cautious
    Jan 23, 2018 - 3:10AM

    So who’s responsible for intimidating journalist?Recommend

  • Agrippa - The Skeptic
    Jan 23, 2018 - 4:09AM

    The Army runs the country from the backseat, it would be foolish to expose itself. It has all the goodies it needs.Recommend

  • Cooldude
    Jan 23, 2018 - 6:22AM

    People of pakistan should say PLEASE AND THANK YOU.Also should heave sign of relief.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jan 23, 2018 - 8:35AM

    Curious that “agencies” are still Disappearing people with impunity!
    So much for claims of Democracy!Recommend

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