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In last speech, Pakistan army chief slams critics for ‘anti-military narrative’


ISlamabad: Pakistanoutward army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday lashed out at the “anti-army narrative” of a section of the population and political establishment, loudly wondering why neighboring India’s army was “rarely the target” of those similar criticism in the country despite its record of “violating human rights”.
Possibly in his last public speech as army chief of staff before retiring on November 29. General Bajwa said, “Our military, who serve the nation day and night, often becomes the subject of criticism. The main reason for this is the military’s intervention in politics over the past 70 years, which This is unconstitutional.”
The general claimed that under him, the military made a conscious decision to move away from that stereotype. “This is why, in February last year, the military decided not to interfere in any political matter. I assure you that we are firm on this and will continue as such. so,” he said.
General Bajwa said that instead of welcoming the army’s decision, “many branches have used very inappropriate and dignified language while making the military the target of heavy criticism”.
In a concealed reference to ex-PM Imran KhanThe army commander said a “fake and false story has been made up to create mayhem in the country” and create “a way out” from this.
Rejecting Imran’s claim of a “foreign conspiracy” behind the motion of no-confidence that led to his ouster, General Bajwa said if a “regime change campaign” were indeed to take place at the behest of the world’s most powerful powers. outside force, the army will not be idle.
“Pakistan’s military has enough opportunities and resources to respond to such propaganda, however, it shows courage for the greater good of the country and refraining from making negative statements,” he said. said during a National Defense and Martyrs Day ceremony at the army’s headquarters in the Pakistani capital. Rawalpindi.
General Bajwa said he looked forward to “move forward by setting aside this offensive and inappropriate behavior towards me and the army”. He urged political stakeholders to ignore labels such as “imported” (what the opposition calls Shehbaz Sharif government) and “chosen” (how the opposition at the time described the previous Imran Khan government) for the good of the country.

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