Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan has said he is against any sort of Army control over the policies of a democratic government, or military takeover or intervention.
"I am against military takeover or any sort of military intervention, to any extent at all, in any capacity at all. Pakistan needs democracy and public political participation without any sort or form of authoritative control," The Nation quoted the cricketer-turned-politician, as saying.
"It's the responsibility of the civilian government to take control of state matters, especially those which have to do with state's sovereignty. I don't think I will be so lousy that the army would have to make my decision[s]," he added.
On being asked how his civil military policy would balance out, Imran said: "No aid, proper taxation, and proper division of resources are my major strategies to balance out the whole system. We can't free the people until we give them what they want. We need to identify the needs of this country and focus on that. Why would the military intervene if the democratic government is operating in harmony and giving the people what they want? My goal is to bring that harmony. Everything else will fall into place on its own."
The PTI chief also said a military intervention should not be tolerated in a country where the judiciary is of highest importance.
“The Supreme Court of any state [is the institution that should have] the highest reliance and authority. Such an institution in a democratic state has no [ground for] military intervention and has the highest power to launch a control system for the corrupt actions, or a corrupt state. If and when any other democratic institution fails to perform, the Supreme Court can control them and make them accountable.”
“No one can challenge the Supreme Court. Our government, on the other hand, is a corrupt government. I reject calling it a democratic state, it having laid its foundations on the basis of a corrupt engagement called the NRO," Khan added.
First Published: Friday, January 27, 2012, 17:45