ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, while briefing senators on security in an extraordinary in-camera session on Tuesday, rejected all allegations regarding military’s involvement in last month’s Faizabad protest that ended following army-brokered agreement with federal government.
According to our correspondent, the army chief categorically rejected all allegations while replying to questions hurled by PML-N senator Mushahidullah Khan.
Mushahidullah asked as to what was army’s role in the protest? And who used to supply food to the religious party protestors?
General Bajwa, sources said, rejected military’s involvement in the protest, saying that he would step down if army’s hand in the sit-in proved.
He said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was aware of all matters pertaining to the protest, adding that ISI had been tasked by the government to resolve the issue.
He said Rs.1000 were distributed among each released protestor on the directives of PM Abbasi; however, this statement was later denied by DG ISPR Asif Ghafoor.
Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor clarified that General Qamar Javed Bajwa did not spoke about the Faizabad protest.
The DG ISPR, while speaking in Samaa’s talk-show “Nadeem Malik Live”, said that General Bajwa has not said that Rs.1,000 were distributed among each released protester on the directives of the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
He said the meeting held in a ‘very cordial environment’.
Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor said the army has reiterated that the democratic system of the country has no threat from the military.
General Bajwa briefed the Senate Committee of the Whole House on national security during an extraordinary in-camera session presided over by Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani.
The brain-storming session lasted for four hours. – Samaa
Story first published: 19th December 2017