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Pakistan Army’s Strong Message to JUI F Chief: Will Support National Institutions

Published Nov 07, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

226th Corps Commanders’ Conference presided by General Qamar JavedBajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) held at GHQ on November 24 gave a stern message to the Jamait ul Fazlur (JUI F) that the Army will support all, “national institutions as and when asked for by the Constitution”.

“We have attained better internal security and stability through cohesive national efforts and sacrifices rendered by Pakistan Armed Forces, all national institutions and above all the nation. We shall not let it reverse to suit any vested agenda at any cost. Pakistan Army as organ of the state will continue to support national institutions as and when asked as per constitution. While Pakistan Armed Forces with support of national institutions and the nation are fully prepared and committed to thwart all threats including on Eastern Border / LOC, continued cohesion of all national stakeholders on key national issues is essential to defeat inimical forces”, COAS General Qamar JavedBajwa was quoted by the DG ISPR in a press release.

The strong statement attributed to the Army Chief is likely to place the JUI F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman in a quandary as he has achieved much during the so called Azadi March which has increased his image in the polity of the country after having lost the parliamentary polls.

The strong showing in Islamabad will provide him a good platform to relaunch his political career so to say and ensure that the concerns are met over time.

 What next now that the government has the support of the Army as expressed in the Corps Commanders conference remains to be seen?

One option is to seek the support of political parties in alliance with the ruling Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf (PTI) for a no confidence motion in the parliament.

There are many challenges however as the first step would be to convince the opposition parties the PMLN and the PPP to move the motion as they have the larger numbers. Secondly mustering the required 172 seats is another challenge especially as the opposition has only 156 seats at present. For now this option appears to be difficult for Rehman.

In other issues that were covered in the Corps Commanders Conference the ISPR press release notes, that the, “Forum reviewed geo strategic and national security environment. Forum discussed internal security, situation along Eastern Border, LOC and IOJ&K.

Commanders expressed firm resolve to defend the country against full spectrum threat”.