RAWALPINDI, Sep 12 (APP): Terming current political impasse in the country as a political issue, Director General, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa Friday hoped that it would be resolved politically as early as possible.
“It is a political issue and should be resolved politically. We are hopeful it will be resolved politically;” he made these remarks during a news briefing here at the General Headquarters.
Setting aside speculations that army was involved in the political crisis in the country, he said that like any other Pakistani, they were concerned about different situations and gave their input under the constitution.
“But, we operate within the Constitution ambit and framework of the system of the country,” he added.
Maj Gen Bajwa said the army had expressed its support for democracy and the constitution adding, the army acted as facilitator when asked by the government to do so.
While expressing regret over rumors of the army being a script writer, he said that army clearly acted in support of the Constitution and democracy.
“Army has nothing to do with the political equity, it always extended its support for the democracy,” he added.
To a question he rejected reports of differences within the army and said that it was united and cohesive institution under the command of army Chief General Raheel Sharif.
“Issues are frankly discussed and debated in the army but the final decision is made by the army chief,” he added.
About security and safety of important buildings in the Red Zone, he informed the media that the army was tasked with providing security to five buildings in Islamabad and PTV was not included in the list.
He added that when the army was summoned it was successful in evacuating the attackers from the PTV building.
To yet another question, he said, “While we are only supposed to look after the physical security of the Parliament building, we also ensured the safe and secure evacuation of parliamentarians.
This we did as protesters had encamped themselves in the parliament lawn.”
The army cannot be tasked with policing as it is not equipped with the weapons required to control protesters, he added.
Regarding posting, transfers and retirements within army in coming months, he clarified that it was routine matter and every year various slots were vacant and filled accordingly.
Major General Bajwa also provided updates on operation Zarb-e-Azb telling the media that it was proceeding according to the plan. “Besides operations in North Waziristan, intelligence based operations are being conducted in other parts of the country.”
He said that TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah was in Afghanistan and planning attacks from there.
According to the DG ISPR, the group which attacked Malala Yousafzai and her friends Kainat and Shazia in Swat has been arrested.
The entire gang involved in the murder attempt of Malala Yousafzai, Kainat and Shazia has been busted. The gang known as “Shura” comprised 10 terrorists and all of them have been arrested. The group was a part of TTP.
It may be recalled that on 9th October 2012 Malala, Kainat and Shazia were attacked when they were returning home from their school.
On their way back, terrorists Israr ur Rehman and Izhar Ullah stopped the school van and after identifying Malala Yousufzai, fired at her head with a 9mm pistol, while Kainat and Shazia were also fired upon.
He said that Malala was evacuated to CMH Peshawar in a critically injured condition by an army helicopter. She under-went head surgery at CMH Peshawar and was subsequently shifted to AFIC, Rawalpindi.
After treatment at AFIC, she was sent to UK for rehabilitation and further treatment.