A despicable move to malign Army in politics

POSTERS’ campaign, launched by an unknown and worthless entity, urging Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to say goodbye to his public pronouncement of not seeking any extension, has caused widespread speculations about real motives of the drive and who was behind it. Some sections of media and commentators are also expressing fears that attempts are being made to create an environment for military take over.
The countrywide sudden campaign and the resultant backlash also forced spokesman of Pakistan Army to issue a denial through a tweet message in which he categorically stated that the Army and any of its institutions had nothing to do with these posters. Seen in conjunction with recent interview of General Asim Bajwa that Army is supportive of the democratic process would hopefully, clear the position of Army but the question is still there as to who did this and for what purpose. Was it an attempt to malign the Pakistan Army at a time when the governmental affairs were running smoothly and apparently there was absolutely no justification for any supra-constitutional intervention? In the meanwhile, Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid, reacting to the posters, said on Tuesday that those calling on the COAS to take over are fools. He also held the view that it was too early to discuss about extension in tenure of the incumbent Army Chief. In our view, General Raheel Sharif, ever since assumption of the office of the COAS, has established through words and deeds that he is a superb soldier and commander-in-chief dedicated to professional pursuits alone. This is also borne out by his focus to get rid of the problem of terrorism and he has succeeded to a great extent in realizing this cherished objective. His successful operation against terrorism has sent a loud and clear message to the world that Pakistan has the sincerity and capacity to wipe out the menace. This has earned respect for the General not only in Pakistan but the world over and that is why he received Brazil’s coveted ‘Order of Merit’ award and Jordan’s Medal of Merit. His actions show he is a role model General having no interest whatsoever in running affairs of the country. Therefore, we are sure that leaving aside the posters, which were absolutely not reflective of sentiments of the people, General Raheel, being a man of principles, would neither opt for an extension in service even if it is offered, nor would he entertain the idea of meddling into political domain. Democracy is taking roots and all stakeholders should also help it strengthen so that the country focuses on economy and security.

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