Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has issued fresh directions to all his commanders and key officers, including those associated with the ISI, to stay away from politics and avoid interacting with politicians.

 

These directions have been given in the wake of Imran Khan-led PTI propaganda against the military establishment alleging certain ISI officials of having been involved in political engineering to manipulate the upcoming by-elections in Punjab to the disadvantage of PTI.

 

Defense sources lament over these allegations and disclosed that the ISI sector commander, Lahore, Brigadier Faheemul Hassan was meeting with some political figures as part of his official duties.

 

Taking serious notice of the allegations leveled against the Pakistan Army by some political leaders, Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has issued fresh directions to all concerned.

 

According to sources, the army chief has directed that no one should be involved in any kind of politics and all those who are found doing so will be dealt with sternly.

 

The sources said that the army chief’s directive came after reports that some political leaders were trying to drag the army into politics.

 

They said that the army chief has also asked the concerned authorities to take action against those who are found involved in such activities.

 

Army chief's fresh directions

 

Months back, operatives of the country’s top intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), were strictly directed to stay away from politics. According to a report, published by The News and Jang in February this year, the incumbent ISI DG Lt Gen had made it clear to all officials of the premier intelligence agency that no interference in politics and political matters would be tolerated. It was said that upon his arrival as the top spymaster of the country, the present ISI DG had conveyed his thoughts to all officials of the ISI. Unfortunately, the ISI, which is the first line of defense of Pakistan, has time and again been accused of meddling in politics by various quarters.