Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Thursday (Dec 19) while addressing a press conference, gave a strong reaction on behalf of Pakistan Army in detailed verdict of Pervez Musharraf’s high treason case and termed the verdict as Unethical and Inhumane.
He said that “The concerns expressed in response to the short verdict in the case against Musharraf have proven true today after the detailed verdict”.
The DG ISPR said that the words used in the verdict were “beyond humanity, religion and civilised behaviour”. Responding to sections of the verdict criticising the army for political interference, he further said that Pakistan Army was “a responsible institution” and its soldiers “had taken an oath to protect the country”.
Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said that for the armed forces, “the country comes first and the institution [of the army] later”. “We will not let this stability be reversed under any circumstances,” he said. “Pakistan Army will fail the attempts of external as well as internal enemies.”
The DG ISPR said that the armed forces knew how to defend the institution’s integrity and “will give an effective response to internal and external enemies of the state”. “We have been fighting conventional wars, then sub conventional wars and now, we are facing a hybrid war,” he said. “We know the nature of this war and how to fight it,” without specifying the connection of hybrid warfare with the issue at hand.
“Some people are dreaming that they can defeat Pakistan,” he said. “This will not happen. If we know about the threat then our response is also in place.” “InshAllah, we will also fight the current design being pushed by anti-state elements,” he said. It was not immediately clear if he was talking about the judgement in question or some unrelated matter.
He said that the prime minister and army chief had spoken in detail over the verdict. “The army chief met the prime minister and conveyed the sentiments of the armed forces to to him,” he said.
Here is the complete press conference of DG ISPR.
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