Maryam refuses to buy army spokesman’s argument

By: News Desk      Published: 11:39 PM, 13 Feb, 2021
Maryam refuses to buy army spokesman’s argument
Maryam Nawaz (L) and ISPR DG Iftikhar Babar.–File photo

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz has refused outright to buy the argument that army has no role in political affairs of the country. 

Major General Babar Iftikhar, director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), had said recently that military leadership was not in touch with any political party via backdoor channels. 

Speaking at a political gathering in Muzaffarabad, the capital of the state of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, on Kashmir Solidarity Day on February 5, Maryam had said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ‘selectors’, a reference to the Pakistan Army, had been making phone calls to senior leaders of the PML-N. 

In response, the Pakistan Army spokesperson said the military had nothing to do with the political matters of the country. 

Now Maryam has said the PML-N does not need to have backdoor contacts with the army. She says that contacts between the civil and military leadership take place at the highest level therefore the ISPR director general might not be aware of such contacts. 

Talking on a live show on 24NewsHD TV, political analyst Major General (Retired) Amjad Shoaib said if anyone has evidence of army’s involvement in politics, he should come forward with this evidence. 

In a veiled reference to the Pakistan Army once again during her speech at an anti-government gathering in Daska, Sialkot, on Saturday evening, Maryam said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and his ‘selectors’ would be panicked when the people of Punjab would stand up for their rights. She said that Nawaz Sharif was waging a war against those who stole the 2018 general elections. She said the PML-N was not at war with Imran Khan because he was just an ‘adopted child’.