Says some elements deliberately tried to create distance among civil, military leadership
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan army chief spokesman Maj-General Asif Ghafoor said that some elements have deliberately tried to create distance among the civil and military leadership. He said that whatever happened after his tweet on the Dawn Leaks’ notification was regrettable. In a press conference following the ‘settlement’ of the Dawn Leaks issue, DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor on Wednesday regretted the ‘environment of division’ between the civil and military institutions following the April 29 tweet. Army also reiterated its firm commitment and continued resolve to uphold the country’s Constitution and support the democratic process.
“Tweet was not against any person or state institution as it was only reply of what government issued over Dawn leaks. Armed forces supported the democracy as like general public,” ISPR spokesperson Asif Ghafoor said in a press briefing.
“However, what happened after the tweet was regretful,” he said adding that army lauded the government’s efforts to resolve the issue. “Our press release wasn’t against any specific individual or institution. The tweet was posted against incomplete recommendations. It unfortunately pitted the army and civilian government against each other which should have been avoided,” Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor said.
“Recommendations as contained in Para 18 of the Inquiry Committee Report, duly approved by the Prime Minister, have been implemented, which has settled the Dawn leaks issue,” he said
“We also appreciate the efforts put in by the government to remove misunderstandings and address this issue amicably,” he said.
Talking about the border tension in Chaman, he said that Afghanistan was a brotherly country and there shouldn’t have been any confrontation between the border forces. Commenting over the deteriorating ties with Iran he said, “Pakistan has brotherly and historic relations with Iran and will continue it, however some misunderstanding were occurred in last few days those have been clarified.”
Replying answer over arrested Indian espionage Kulbhusan Jadev, he said that India has filed plea in International Court of Justice and its further details will be provided by Interior ministry. INP