The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) department takes issue with “imprudent comments” made by senior lawmakers against Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, calling them “extremely improper.”
The military’s media affairs wing stated in a statement that the Peshawar Corps was a “illustrious formation” of the army that had been leading the national war on terrorism for more than two decades.
“The command of this famous formation has been handed to one of the most capable and professional officers. Important top politicians’ recent imprudent comments on [the] Peshawar Corps commander are highly unacceptable, according to the ISPR.
Such utterances, it said, harmed the institution’s and its leadership’s honor and morale.
‘Army demonstrates tolerance and restraint’
ISPR Director General (DG) Major General Babar Iftikhar told the media immediately after the press release was issued that the country’s politicians had made “several statements” in recent days that were “very unacceptable.”
Maj Gen Iftikhar said the institution was demonstrating “tolerance and restraint” and asked that the army not be drawn into politics.
He said the army was doing its part to ensure security at the country’s western, eastern, and northern borders, as well as adopting internal security measures. “As an institution, we have nothing to do with the country’s political situation,” he stated.
The army’s spokeswoman also stated that the next army chief’s selection should not be made “controversial” by debating it. He stated that the procedure for appointing the army chief was outlined in the Constitution and that it would be followed to the letter.