–Maj Gen Ghafoor says nobody will be allowed to reverse hard-earned stability
–Says verdict in Musharraf treason case against religion, humanity and morality
ISLAMABAD: Hours after the special court released its detailed verdict in the treason case against former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor said that the Pakistan Army knows how to defend its honour.
Addressing a press conference, the ISPR DG said the military had expressed its reservations after Musharraf was sentenced to death by a special court for high treason. He said that after Thursday’s detailed judgement in the case against Musharraf “those reservations are proving to be true”.
“The Pakistan Army is not just an institution, it is a family. We know how to defend the country and how to defend the honour and dignity of our institution,” he added.
The military spokesperson said that the detailed judgement of the special court, especially the selection of language and words, is beyond the basic values of religion, humanity and civilisation. “Pakistan’s Armed Forces are an institution and all servicemen are on oath to sacrifice their lives in the defence of the country, and we have practically proven this over the past 20 years by achieving with the help of Pakistani nation what no military, no power could achieve in the world,” he said.
The ISPR DG told the media that he had repeatedly talked about the changing nature of war in his previous news briefing. “After fighting conventional and sub-conventional war, today we are facing hybrid warfare,” he said. “So, we are fully cognisant of the changing nature and character of war. We also fully understand the designs of the enemy, its operatives and facilitators,” he added.
He also said that “some people want to provoke us through internal and external attacks into fighting amongst ourselves in the current circumstances, and are dreaming of defeating Pakistan in this manner”.
“This will not happen. If we are aware of the threat, our response too is in place,” he added.
Major General Ghafoor quoted Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa as saying that the country has covered a long journey and rendered countless sacrifices to achieve its present stability. “We will not let this stability be reversed in any situation,” he said.
The military spokesperson further said that following the release of the verdict, the army chief held a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan. “The government will inform you about the details of the meeting,” he added.
Earlier in the day, the special court that sentenced General (r) Musharraf released its detailed verdict in the high treason case, wherein it was stated that the former president must be arrested and hanged to death and if he dies before the sentence is executed, his body must be dragged to D Chowk of the federal capital and hanged for three days.
Musharraf was tried in absentia for high treason handed a death sentence under Article-6 of the Constitution two days ago. The verdict was split 2-1, with Justice Shahid Karim of the Lahore High Court agreeing with Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Nazar Akbar of the Sindh High Court dissenting.
The 169-page detailed judgement authored by Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth stated that “as a necessary corollary to what has been observed we find the accused guilty as per charge. The convict be therefore hanged by his neck till he dies on each count as per charge”.
“We direct the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) to strive their level best to apprehend the fugitive/convict to ensure that the punishment is inflicted as per law and if found dead, his corpse be dragged to the D-Chowk, Islamabad, Pakistan and be hanged for 03 days,” the verdict added.