Army is not involved in political crisis: DG ISPR Major General Asim Bajwa

DG ISPR Major General Asim Bajwa. — Flie photo

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army supports democracy and doesn’t think it necessary to respond to rumours, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Bajwa said at a briefing on Friday.

Army has clearly extended its support for democracy and Constitution, he said, adding that the army chief in his address on Youm-i-Shuhuda clearly said that the army believes in continuation of democracy.

Israrul Rehman was the first arrest in the Malala Yousafzai case, he said, adding that information gathered from him led to the apprehending of the others.Army has no connection with the ‘political activity’ going on in Islamabad, DG ISPR said, adding that the army had reaffirmed its support to democracy.

Army launched a joint operation carried out with coordination of intelligence agencies, army and police, he said, adding that a 10-member group known as ‘Shura’ was tracked down.

“A furniture shop owner Zafar Iqbal was its head and he was a supporter of Mullah Fazlullah…Fazlullah is in Afghanistan and his group attacks inside Pakistan.”

During the investigation, arrested militants admitted that Fazullah made the plan to attack the naval dockyard, Bajwa told reporters.

“They also admitted if they did not get caught, they were supposed to attack at least 21 more people. They have also killed a security guard of a university in Swat. They will be presented before an ATC.”