Islamabad: Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif on Friday tried to play down the concerns that the army was pushing the government to set up special military courts for the speedy trial of militants.
He was addressing a meeting of political leaders at the PM House, convened by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to allay fears that the court might be used against politicians.
Army spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa tweeted that General Raheel said army was not behind the military courts.
"Special courts not desire of the Army but need of extraordinary times. (We) will return to original system when normalcy returns," he tweeted.
Raheel said Pakistan has reached critical stage in campaign against terrorism but it will win the war decisively.
He said Pakistan "can't even imagine to lose (it) as state or society".
He called upon the politician to take action as "our today's decisions will determine the destiny of our nation".
He said that the entire nation should be focused on their implementation of plan to root out militancy.
The meeting was called after Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and several other parties expressed concern over the setting up of military court through amending the constitution.
Pakistan is struggling to come up with an adequate response to deal with militancy after Peshawar School attack of last month which killed 150 people including 133 students.