Will continue to work with all government institutions: Pak Army

Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, PakistanUpdated: May 10, 2017, 03:27 PM IST
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Major General Asif Ghafoor, director general of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), speaks during a news conference in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in April. Photograph:(Reuters)

The Pakistan military today emphasised its commitment to democracy after it openly criticised the government's actions last month following investigations into a leaked newspaper story about a national security meeting.

Military's spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor at a press conference said, "We will continue to work with all government institutions to do what is best for the country."

"There's been a lot of talk about democracy in the past two weeks, but nowhere was there any mention that any actions should be taken against democracy," he added.

The latest row between the Army and government started after an article in the English-language Dawn newspaper in October, detailing high-level security talks, angered the army.

Sharif fired his close ally at the time of the leak and last month sacked one of his senior adviser special assistant on foreign affairs Tariq Fatemi after an inquiry report.

But a tweet from Ghafoor rejected Sharif's actions as "incomplete".

At the news conference, Ghafoor said the April 29 tweet was "not against any government official or institution", adding that the investigation into the leaks had come to a satisfactory conclusion.

(WION with Reuters input)