Army knows how to defend its honour and dignity.


RAWALPINDI -- The Pakistani military on Thursday took strong exceptions to a special court's detailed judgement in the Musharraf treason case, saying that they 'know how to defend the honour and dignity of the institution' but were exercising restraint because for them, 'the country comes first'. 'The detailed judgement, especially the choice of words, is beyond the basic values of religion, humanity and civilisation,' the chief military spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, told an unscheduled media briefing on Thursday - shortly after the special court issued its detailed judgement.

The three-judge bench - comprising Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth, Justice Nazar Akbar and Justice Shahid Karim - convicted former army chief Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf of high treason and sentenced him to death on Tuesday. In the detailed judgement, the court 'directed the law enforcement agencies 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, and be hanged for 3 days'.

The military spokesperson is believed to be referring to this para in the detailed judgement. 'The Pakistan Army is not just an institution, it's a family. We draw strength from our faith after our people. We know how to defend the country and how to defend the honour and dignity of our institution,' said Maj Gen Ghafoor, the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). 'However, for us, the country comes first,' he said while hinting that the military was exercising restraint to frustrate the designs of the enemy who wants to stoke instability and sow chaos by creating an internal strife in the country.

'Insha Allah! We'll fully defend the honour and dignity of our country and our institution,' he added. Maj Gen Ghafoor said every serviceman in Pakistan's armed forces was on oath to lay down his life in the country's defence. 'We have practically done this over the past 20 years by achieving with the help of Pakistani nation what no military in the world could achieve,' he added. He was referring to Pakistan's long but successful fight against terrorism in which countless servicemen sacrificed their lives.

He revealed that army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa had a detailed...

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