Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has warned that no individual or institution has the right to decide what is right or wrong when it comes to defining the ultimate national interest.

 

In what appeared to be a quite hard tone, the military chief stated that any effort to create a divide between the people and Armed Forces undermines Pakistan’s larger national interest.

 

A press release by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said, “The Armed Forces draw their strength from the bedrock of the public support National security is meaningless without it. Therefore, any effort which wittingly or unwittingly draws a wedge between the people and Armed Forces of Pakistan undermines the larger national interest.”

 

The statement quoted him saying, “We are critically looking at the mistakes made in the past and are trying to set the course for a better future.”

 

“It should emerge only through a consensus, and all Pakistanis have the right to express their opinions. The Constitution provides a clear mechanism for it.”

 

He said that while individual mistakes might have been made by everyone in the country, these should be left to the due process of law, and the fundamental principle of “not guilty until proven” should not be forgotten.

 

The army chief said that the nation should learn from the past, try to build the present and aim for a better future.

 

The military chief stated, “We all agree that strengthening the institutions, ensuring the rule of law and working within the well defined bounds of the Constitution is the right way forward. Weakening of the institutions and trying to assume more than one’s due role will set us back.”

 

Calling for public support for the armed forces, Kayani said that national security was meaningless without public support, and any effort which draws a wedge between the people and the armed forces undermines the larger national interest.

 

“While constructive criticism is well understood, conspiracy theories based on rumors which create doubts about the very intent, are unacceptable,” he added.

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  1. My name is Muhammad Younas and my CNIC # is 37405-9562899-1. I am permanent resident of House # 551, Street 21, Askari-14 Defence Road Morgah Rawalpindi. NADRA has recently published voters’list. My address has correctly been published but NADRA has included me ( and also my six family members)in the electoral area of Defence Road Chaklala (Code 112040405 Ser # 602). I contacted Election Commision Office Rawalpindi for correction and inclusion of our names in Electoral Area of Defence Road Morgah Rwp but they shown their inability for amendment in electoral rolls. The officers also shown me electoral roll of chaklala and informed me that about 400 voters of Askari-14 Defence Road Morgah have wrongly been included in Electoral Area of Defence Road Chaklala and NADRA is not going to rectify the mistake committed by their staff, although the mistake has been pointed out by the Election Commission Office Rawalpindi. This mistake by NADRA will deprive about 400 voters of Askari-14 Defence Road Morgah Rawalpindi of casting the vote because many of voters may not know that their name has wrongly been included in Chaklala by NADRA. The most terrible situation which I want to bring in the notice of Government Authorities is that NADRA has not provided email facility to submission of complaints to them and non of the representative of NADRA listens to the telephonic calls of the people who want to point out mistakes in publication of voters’rolls. It is hoped that steps will be taken by the Government to publish free of mistakes electoral rolls and all the citizens would be allowed to cast their votes on production of Identity Cards because electoral rolls are not the authentic document for casting votes. (Muhammad Younas, Mob # 0321-5214939, House # 551, Street 21, Askari 14 Defence Road Morgah Rawalpindi, CNIC # 37405-9562899) – For publication ……..Please)

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