Pakistan's future only lies in democracy, Insha'Allah & martial law will never be imposed in Pakistan: DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar.

RAWALPINDI -- Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Babar Iftikhar has Pakistan's future only lies in democracy, Insha'Allah and martial law will never be imposed in Pakistan. He said that army has nothing to do with politics of the country. DG ISPR said that the word "conspiracy" was not used in the statement issued after a meeting of the National Security Committee last month. DG ISPR categorically stated that Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa is not seeking an extension and will neither accept one and complete his tenure on 29th November this year and will retire from position. He said that whatever happened in recent days in Pakistan it was according to the law and constitution, adding that the institutions are doing their work and from where army has come in this process, adding that how army could give NRO to anyone. He said that if United Stated had demanded airbases then the response of Pakistan would have been the same which was expressed former prime minister Imran Khan in an interview with a foreign TV channel. He said that when the elections will be held and what will happen in future it will be decided by the politicians and it is not out duty.

Major General Babar Iftikhar answered the questions of the journalists while addressing a press conference on Thursday. The journalist had asked the army leadership's stance on Imran Khan's claim of a foreign conspiracy to oust him and whether the NSC had endorsed such a claim.

"As far as military response about the NSC meeting is considered, that stance, in that meeting was fully given, and then a statement was issued ... which clearly says what was concluded in that meeting.

The words used are in front of you ... as I said ... the words used are clear. Is there any word such as conspiracy used in it? I think not.

Major General Babar Iftikhar said the minutes of the NSC meeting can be declassified if the government decides.

In another answer, the ISPR DG revealed that the former prime minister had approached the army chief to help find a solution to the political crisis.

"It is unfortunate that our political leadership was not ready to talk. So the army chief and DG ISI went to the PMO and three scenarios were discussed," he said, recalling that one was that the no-confidence motion should be held as it was. The other were that the prime minister resigns or the no-confidence motion was retracted and the assemblies were dissolved. "No option from the establishment was given," Major General Babar Iftikhar clarified.

He is briefing journalists on the recently held formation commanders conference at the...

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