Army has nothing to do with Asia case, says DG ISPR

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Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor on Friday said that Asia Bibi was acquitted by the courts and added that the army had nothing to with her case.

Speaking to PTVNews, the DG ISPR advised religio-political parties protesting against the Supreme Court judgement on Asia Bibi’s appeal to seek a legal solution to their grievances. He referred to a review petition, filed by Qari Muhammad Salaam, and said that they should wait for the courts to decide the matter.

“Unfortunately, the army is dragged into every matter,” he said when asked about anti-military statements issued by protesters. “This is a legal matter and it is sad that negative statements are being issued against the army.”

“We are tolerating a lot,” he added and pointed out their were certain limitations imposed by the Constitution and action can be taken in case of violation.

He urged the protesters not to divert the army’s attention to other matters since the forces are fighting to defeat terrorism.

“The armed forces, along with the rest of the country, have fought a war that we are about to win,” said Maj Gen Ghafoor. “Our goal is long-lasting peace. We have established peace and we are headed towards stability but there is still a lot left to do,” he said.

“The armed forces hope that this matter is resolved without disruption of peace,” he said and urged the people to unite so that the country can move forward.

The DG ISPR added that “even though the army had nothing to do with [Asia Bibi’s] case”, the forces still wish that the matter will be resolved peacefully. At the same time, he warned that the action, allowed by the Constitution, will be taken if matters escalate further. – Courtesy Dawn

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