DG ISPR lifts lid on 'aliens' controversy ahead of elections

04:51 PM | 10 Jul, 2018
DG ISPR lifts lid on 'aliens' controversy ahead of elections
RAWALPINDI - Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations, faced a barrage of questions in an ‘important’ presser addressed on Tuesday in connection with the upcoming elections.

As the official was outlining the efforts made by the armed forces for smooth elections, one of the journalists, asked a question about the 'Khalai Makhlooq' or 'aliens' currently being discussed in the power corridor and their influence on the electioneering.

Upon this, the military spokesperson replied that they were 'creature of Allah Almighty' and had nothing to do with the rumoured 'Khalai Makhlooq' or 'invisible forces'.

He reiterated that the armed forces would continue to serve the public adding that time would unveil the consequences of using such titles.

Major General Asif Ghafoor continued that the Pakistan Army will play a non-political and impartial role in the upcoming elections.

The military spokesperson said that he was constantly being asked whether elections will be held or not but Pakistan is heading towards the general polls. All ‘forces’ that wanted to postpone elections have slowly faded away.

“This is the third election which will ensure the democratic process,” he said, adding that full support will be provided for the elections set to be held on July 25.

He clarified that army has no direct role in conducting the elections but assisting the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in the process.

The army has been providing help to the electoral body in the past elections, he said, adding, “It is not for the first time that army personnel are being deployed to overlook the polls”.

It will be the third consecutive election in the history of Pakistan, he said, adding that the army will perform a neutral role in the polls.

Explaining the role of the security officials on July 25, “We only have to transport the ballot papers with security to the polling stations and will not be involved in anything else.”

He asserted that the printing material will be handled by the ECP officials, not the troops, adding that the top priority of army is to maintain law and order situation in the country.

An army election support centre will be established in Rawalpindi for coordination and communication with the ECP, he said.

Maj-Gen Ghafoor further said that the security personnel will follow the code of conduct issued by the ECP ahead of the polls. The top priority of the troops is to ensure free and fair elections.

The spokesperson also requested the media to not approach the troops deployed at polling stations.

Rejecting the impression of the army’s role in any kind of rigging, he said that politicians have been levelled allegations of rigging before every election, adding, “It is not the first time that politicians are jumping ships to join other parties”.

“How a person can change his political support just on a phone call,” he said, adding that some elements wanted to shift the army’s focus from main issues. He said that army is fighting the terrorism for more than a decade.

Denying speculations of any support to a group in the forthcoming general elections with Jeep as the electoral symbol, the DG ISPR clarified: “We have no political affiliation”. He added that electoral are allocated by the ECP.

Talking about a term usually used by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in his addresses regarding unseen forces, the director general said: “Role of aliens is a political slogan”.

The writer is a civil servant.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 18 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 18, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296.00 299.00
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.70 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80 75.60
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.80 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182.00 184.00
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204.00 206.00
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.90 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.30 59.90
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 311.90 314.40
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73


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