President: Army should not be made ‘controversial’

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President Dr Arif Alvi on Friday called upon political parties to refrain from bringing the Pakistan Army into political discourse, saying the military was the guarantor of national security and “it should not be made controversial”.

Speaking to reporters at the Governor House in Lahore, Dr Alvi said that there was a need to initiate a “consultative process” to bring all the important stakeholders of the country to a negotiation table.

“However, the constitutional role of a president does not allow him to officially reach out to the stakeholders.”

Dr Alvi stated that it was the primary responsibility of the government, opposition, and all the other relevant institutions to deliberate upon defusing the rising polarisation in the country.

 

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