Army chief tells military, intelligence officials to stay away from politics amid propaganda campaign
ISLAMABAD – In a major development, Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa has directed top military and ISI operatives to stay away from politics amid propaganda.
Reports quoting defence sources said the top general issued stern directions to all his commanders and key officers, including those associated with the intelligence, to stay low profile and avoid meeting political leaders.
The development comes days after leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf openly named intelligence officials for allegedly manipulating the upcoming by-elections.
The report mentioned that army officials insist that the party led by ousted PM Imran Khan should share evidence of intelligence's interference in political matters.
Armed officials furthermore announced taking strict action against anyone found interfering in political matters.
Lately, several PTI leaders hurled allegations at ISI sector commander, Lahore, for manipulating the Punjab by-elections. Former health minister Yasmin Rashid and deputy chairman of PTI Shah Mahmood Qureshi said ‘invisible forces’ are influencing the upcoming polls.
Earlier, the ousted Pakistani premier Imran Khan revealed that some PTI candidates were intimidated by unknown numbers.
Earlier, the country's top military brass also took notice of the propaganda campaign to malign Pakistan Army and create division between the institution and society.
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