Govt asked army chief to mediate crisis, says ISPR spokesperson

Published: August 29, 2014
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Maj-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa. PHOTO: REUTERS

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Maj-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa. PHOTO: REUTERS

Clarifying the army chief’s role in the current political impasse, the army on Friday said that it was playing the role of facilitator at the request of the government.

In a tweet posted on Twitter, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said, “[The] COAS was asked by the Govt to play [a] facilitative role for resolution of current impasse, in yesterday’s meeting, at #PM House.”

Earlier in day, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar both insinuated that the army had stepped in at the behest of Imran and Qadri, not the government –  a claim that denied by both Imran and Qadri.

Army chief General Raheel Sharif was named mediator on Thursday in the standoff between the government and protesters led by Tahirul Qadri and PTI chief Imran Khan.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Ali Nisar Khan told parliament the protesters’ unwillingness to trust anyone

“Again and again they said they only trust the army and will only have talks through the army,” he said.

“When a group or two parties has no faith in the judiciary, the opposition, lawyers or civil society and has no confidence in anybody, what option remains for the government?”

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  • Aamir - Toronto
    Aug 29, 2014 - 7:09PM

    Shame on Nawaz Sherif and his cronies for lying to the entire nation. Not surprised at all because this is what they have done all along !!!!


  • Wizarat
    Aug 29, 2014 - 7:09PM

    Now we know who to trust and why Qadri and Khan do not trust the one with 84 members of the family in decision making/money making roles in the Government.

    Thank you ISPR for clarifying (we knew all along though)


  • majid
    Aug 29, 2014 - 7:18PM

    enough is enough, the PM proved to be habitual liar and can not be trusted any more. We are being led by people of very low credibility and there place should be jail not the PM house.


  • Jibran
    Aug 29, 2014 - 7:21PM

    Here you go. As always, nawaz has not only proven weak, but a liar too. Part time trader has never led a nation through war or peace.


  • Jaffry Syed Mukhtar Ahmad
    Aug 29, 2014 - 7:26PM

    Mr. Qadri and Mr Khan are playing with the fate of Pakistan. Both of them are seeking premiership. They are day dreaming. Their demands are totally unconsitutional and undemocratic. Mr. Khan Should take interest in the affairs of K.P. So far he has done nolthing for the people of K.P. Both of these do not want that Pkistan should become Prosperous. As much as lamnet on their attitude is less. Oh God show them the right path so that they took pity on the condition of poor people of pakistan.


  • YP Mississauga
    Aug 29, 2014 - 7:29PM

    PML(N) leadership habitual liars.


  • bilal
    Aug 29, 2014 - 7:39PM

    And PMLN caught lying again. Now how can anyone trust PMLN after this? So shameful that the prime minister of the country caught lying openly on the floor of the so called national assembly.


  • Sami
    Aug 29, 2014 - 7:44PM

    So what? PMLn is already bunch of liars.


  • JD
    Aug 29, 2014 - 7:56PM

    Liar! Liar! Pants on fire!Recommend

  • Qureshi
    Aug 29, 2014 - 7:57PM

    Nawaz Sharif has lost all moral, legal, ethical authority to remain PM. Lies upon lies, fraud and murder, just a few among the long list of mounting misdeeds committed by this self designated protector of democracy (read lootocracy).


  • JB
    Aug 29, 2014 - 8:08PM

    I am surprised that even after such blatant lies,
    People still support PMLN.


  • Sehr Siddiqui
    Aug 29, 2014 - 8:12PM

    Using TWITTER is not the means of communication army would use. This seems to be an act of hackers and not the army.


  • Sara
    Aug 29, 2014 - 8:17PM

    Coup has its seed sown and will, like always, grow on lies. How can we be sure that army isn’t lying? Who was the third-umpire? Who was suggesting technocrats?


  • Waseem Sarwar
    Aug 29, 2014 - 8:19PM

    @Jaffry Syed Mukhtar Ahmad:
    Any words on your leader’s lies in assembly today?


  • Strategic Asset
    Aug 29, 2014 - 8:27PM

    Even I who is sitting far away in India knows that what ISPR is saying is a lie.Recommend

  • atif
    Aug 29, 2014 - 8:30PM

    That’s their official Twitter account. How long will you keep in denial and dismay?


  • Qureshi
    Aug 29, 2014 - 8:37PM

    @Jaffry Syed Mukhtar Ahmad:
    Afraid the defenders of NS finally stand exposed as total imbeciles, sincerely suggest you reconsider before defending that habitual liar again.


  • Mubashir
    Aug 29, 2014 - 8:56PM

    Apologies to PML-N supporters, but the Prime Minisster is a Liar.


  • saqibtahir
    Aug 29, 2014 - 9:05PM

    Imran Khan is an Oxford graduate and I hope he very well understand the difference between Facilitation, Mediation and Arbitration. He is deliberately trying to muddy the water by mixing facilitation with mediation. Dirty politics.


  • Sara
    Aug 29, 2014 - 9:06PM


    Lies and lies. Imran is the worst of all liar’s and is playing with words.

    Everyone knows that PML-N is not enjoying happy terms with ISI and Army for last two decades. PML-N would be the last among all other parties to let army intervene. But it had to call for the army because

    “When a group or two parties has no faith in the judiciary, the opposition, lawyers or civil society and has no confidence in anybody, what option remains for the government?”

    Govt calling for Army is an “active form” where Imran/Tahir had already called for it: “passive form”. So it was Imran/Tahir who had called the army to intervene and met the army COAS immediately afterwards.

    Don’t act smart by playing with words. We already know who was calling for “Technocrats” and “Third Umpire” for an arbitrator. That is the script…


  • Wasim Rashid
    Aug 29, 2014 - 9:20PM

    i did not know that what is the mission of Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri.
    Resignation is the not solution of justuce.
    I think that if the Khan And Qadri realy want the sucess of pakistan then work together with The PMLN.


  • imran ali
    Aug 29, 2014 - 9:25PM

    traders never tell the truth…


  • Zaffar
    Aug 29, 2014 - 9:59PM

    If the govt has asked COAS to play the role of mediator according to ISPR. Army spokesman should come out with a press release- a formal way of clarification. Using Twitter ,this make people more confused.


  • wonderer
    Aug 29, 2014 - 10:21PM

    Just ask Musharraf to take over! He will do what is needed now; another Laal Masjid!Recommend

  • Sandip
    Aug 29, 2014 - 10:55PM

    Looks like the army didn’t expect NS to spill the beans of all the backroom arm-twisting and manipulations that has been going on to bring the army back to centre stage as the ultimate arbiter in pakistan.


  • Umer
    Aug 29, 2014 - 11:07PM

    He’s not the spokesman of ISPR, he’s Director General of ISPR, the spokesman of Pakistan Army.


  • Cool Henry
    Aug 29, 2014 - 11:59PM

    Ha – how funny…protests and demonstrations of this magnitude can take place only with tacit understanding/approval/abetting by the Pakistani military. The whole world knows it. Every Pakistani knows it.


  • Anjum Arshi
    Aug 30, 2014 - 12:04AM

    General should kaboom and not tweet. Try winning a war with armed enemy, for a change.


  • Raju
    Aug 30, 2014 - 12:40AM

    @imran ali:
    Very right and army is the biggest trader in Pakistan (CSD, fouji catering clubs, fouji cement, , FWO chungi collections etc etc). No wonder they were “winning” 1971 war, OBL was not in Pakistan, army was not planning coups in 1958,1977 and 1999, Kargil was fought by mujahideen and election are always held within 90 days after coups.


  • Imran Qadri
    Aug 30, 2014 - 1:08AM

    Clearly both Qadri and Imran had been literally begging and expecting 3rd umpire to intervene for days..

    Its ironic that when supreme court judge asked PTI lawyer about statements made by Imran Khan about his wish of 3rd umpire intervening, PTI lawyer “explained” that Imran was pinning his hope toward Allah as 3rd umpire and was hoping that his finger would be up..

    Now from pictures which showed excitement and smiles on Imran’s face when he and Qadri went running towards COAS. its clear that rather then Allah both of these immature character were actually looking towards COAS/Army to bail them out this dead end where they were stuck.Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Aug 30, 2014 - 1:23AM

    Credit should be given where it’s due,had an opportunist general like Musharraf would have been in place of Gen Raheel then definitely he would have exploited the situation and by now he would have sent the government home,so full marks to General Shareef for remaining remaining steadfast and resisting temptation to take any unconstitutional measure.


  • Strategic Asset
    Aug 30, 2014 - 1:46AM

    @Umer: Glad at least one person could figure it out. Here in India, most people don’t even know the name of the Chief of Staff or even the Army Chief. Hmmm…


  • shiraaz
    Aug 30, 2014 - 2:25AM

    @strategic asset
    it’s really sad.I never knew Indians were so week in general knowledge… shame..


  • Mamu
    Aug 30, 2014 - 2:57AM

    \there will always be supporters. When there were supporters of Firoun then why not Nawaz. You just have to be thoughtful to be on the right path.


  • Yakub
    Aug 30, 2014 - 4:04AM

    Go Nawaz. Pakistani nation is tired of you and your empire.


  • Sidster
    Aug 30, 2014 - 4:14AM

    @Jaffry Syed Mukhtar Ahmad: Imran Khan is still involve in KPK Government, but all the Political Parties were intructing him to step back from Provincial politics earlier in the year.
    Imran Khan is a member of National Assembly and he is campaigning for electoral reform for all of Pakistan. If you like the results of sham election, I gues you are as corrupt in thought as Nawaz Sharif in financial dealing in a day to day budget.

    May Allah protect us from people like you and Nawaz Sharif and bring genuine leadership to Parliment, Ameen.


  • Anjum Arshi
    Aug 30, 2014 - 6:20AM

    Doesn’t matter if the PM asked or not. The generals still are in defiance of the constitution of Pakistan and should be tried for high treason. This general’s tweet must be taken as evidence. Someone should file a case against him in a court of law.

    General, don’t forget I paid for the khaki wardi on your body.


  • WB
    Aug 30, 2014 - 7:39AM


    “Liar, liar, pants on fire!!”

    If liars pants catches fire, then Pakistan would be a country of 180 million legless people.Recommend

  • Strategic Asset
    Aug 30, 2014 - 8:14AM

    @shiraaz: Do average Pakistanis know the name of your Defence Minister?

    Many Indians would know the name of our Defence Minister. That is the difference between India and Pakistan: Civilian supremacy. It has nothing to do with general knowledge.


  • Khan
    Aug 30, 2014 - 8:35AM

    They have released it officially, not just on twitter. What a shame PM lying on the floor of NA, at his seat. Never, seen such an immoral act. He does not deserve to be where he is. If had any morality, should have resigned.@Sehr Siddiqui:


  • 1947-2014
    Aug 30, 2014 - 8:38AM

    In the entire history of Pakistan destruction, worst growth, instability and state failure the role of Pakistan Army, its non-visionary policies, propaganda , politicians, corrupt institution and the worst corrupt Nation is dominant. Pakistan must not be consider a stable and successful state until the end of destructive and corrupt role of the mentioned elements. Frankly speaking Pakistan is the land or like a zoo where every one like animal fighting for its survival and where there is no law, religion, faith and rule of law or constitution. Every one wants power, status, luxurious life, dollars at any cost without any accountability, justice and faith. Its truly said the land of animals.


  • Khan
    Aug 30, 2014 - 8:55AM

    What matters here is that PM lying in NA (plain and flat) making it all up and accusing others of what he did himself. @Anjum Arshi:


    Aug 30, 2014 - 9:28AM

    Nisar is basis of 90 percent problems for PMLN


  • Punjab
    Aug 30, 2014 - 12:15PM

    For PMLN supporters: Yahan pay itna sanata kion hai bhai?????


  • ishrat salim
    Aug 30, 2014 - 6:32PM


    Please update yourself…ISPR released press release dtd 29 Aug 2014….checkk their website also…


  • ishrat salim
    Aug 30, 2014 - 6:40PM


    I feel ashamed on your ignorance ? really, if we have people like you we do not need enemy…little learning is a dangerous thing….this suits you very well ?

    ISPR is the Army media house & DG ISPR is the official mouth piece ( ISPR Spokesman ).


  • Avtar
    Sep 1, 2014 - 4:55PM

    Should consider the help of Saudi Arabia?


  • Zulfiqar
    Sep 2, 2014 - 10:18AM

    Pakistani PM = Liar and murderer. Change must come now.


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