Pakistan Defence Minister tries to soothe Army`s nerves?
Last Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014, 23:53
  
Islamabad: In a bid to remove the recent uneasiness in civil-military relations here, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday night praised the Army as a national asset and said "misunderstanding" had created "misplaced perception" about him.

Asif said a strong and respected Army is an asset for the nation.

"As a Pakistani I am proud of the valour and sacrifices of the men in uniform for the defence of the motherland," he said in a statement.

Asif further said that "in last couple of weeks some misunderstanding cropped up based on my speeches delivered many years back made in a different context and in a different environment.

"This created a misplaced perception about me which is far from reality. It was neither my intention and nor my objective to undermine an institution which I hold in high esteem".

The Minister also said that at a time when armed forces are fighting on many fronts for the last many years and "giving sacrifices unparalleled in history of Pakistan, it is a matter of great regret that an impression is being created by a section of media about my views and feelings about rank and files of armed forces and the institution which is completely false and misleading".

An uneasiness has crept into civil-military relations here which is primarily because of the high treason trial of former military dictator Pervez Musharraf.

"This created a misplaced perception about me which is far from reality. It was neither my intention and nor my objective to undermine an institution which I hold in high esteem".

The Minister also said that at a time when armed forces are fighting on many fronts for the last many years and "giving sacrifices unparalleled in history of Pakistan, it is a matter of great regret that an impression is being created by a section of media about my views and feelings about rank and files of armed forces and the institution which is completely false and misleading".

An uneasiness has crept into civil-military relations here which is primarily because of the high treason trial of former military dictator Pervez Musharraf.

PTI

First Published: Friday, April 18, 2014, 23:53


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