No one can create instability: Pak Army tells Azadi March protesters

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani army warned on Saturday that no one will be allowed to create instability and chaos in the country, one day after the cleric and incalcitrant politician Maulana set a two-day deadline for the prime minister. Imran Khan go down

The hard-line cleric addressed a mass protest demonstration, called Azadi March, which took place on Friday to overthrow the acting government.

In his speech to tens of thousands of protesters, the right-wing opposition leader said that the Gorbachev of Pakistan must resign without testing the patience of peaceful protesters.

He also said that only the people of Pakistan and no institution had the right to govern the country.

We do not want conflicts with our institutions. But we also want them to remain neutral. We give the institutions two days (too) to decide if they will continue to support this government, he said Friday.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman is a senior politician. I should clarify what institution you are talking about. Pakistan's armed forces are an impartial state institution that always supports democratically elected governments, said Pakistan's army spokesman, Major General Asif Ghafoor, in response to Rehman's comments.

No one would be allowed to create instability since the country cannot afford chaos, he warned.

Ghafoor said the army was neutral and supported democratically elected governments in accordance with the Constitution.

He also defended the deployment of the army during the 2018 general elections, saying he fulfilled the constitutional responsibility in the polls.

If the opposition has any reservations [about the results], it can approach the relevant forums instead of leveling the accusations in the streets, he added.

Ghafoor said that in democracies the problems must be democratically resolved and appreciates the contact between protesters and the government.

In response to Ghafoor's comments, Rehman told the media after meeting with opposition leaders that the military spokesman should avoid giving statements that violate the army's neutrality.

This statement should have come from some politicians and not from the army, he said.

He also announced that the Opposition would meet on Saturday to decide the course of future action, if Prime Minister Khan did not meet the two-day deadline.

The highly publicized Azadi March led by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) from Rehman arrived at his final destination Islamabad on Thursday after he left Sindh province and left Lahore on Wednesday.

Together with Rehman, the leaders of - Nawaz (PML-N), the Popular Party of Pakistan (PPP) and the Awami National Party (ANP) participated in the march to overthrow the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led by the First Minister Khan

Undeterred by the protest, Prime Minister Khan, while addressing a public demonstration in Gilgit-Baltistan on Friday, told protesters gathered in Islamabad that when they run out of food, they will be sent more, but their leaders should not Expect no relief. of the.

Gone are the days when you used to use Islam to gain power. This is a new Pakistan. Sit for as long as you want. When your meal is over, we will send more. But we will not give you a (NRO). he said.

The National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) was an ordinance issued in October 2007 that granted pardon to politicians, political workers and bureaucrats accused of corruption, embezzlement, money laundering, murder and terrorism.

Who do they want to get freedom from? I want the media to go there and ask people who they want to break free from, Khan said, adding that all his opponents seem disjointed in their thoughts and goals.

The prime minister said the protest rally had cheered Pakistan's enemy.

I will put you all in jail, he said, in an apparent reference to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his brother Shehbaz, former president Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.