Civil-military relations ‘the best in history’ because everyone working in their sphere: PM Imran

October 01 2020

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the relations between his government and the military are the “best in history” because all institutions are working in their spheres.

In an interview with journalist Nadeem Malik on Samaa TV, he said the army could not be cursed due to the mistakes made by some dictators.

“If a dictator made mistakes will we always call the army bad? If Justice Munir gave a wrong decision will we call the judiciary bad? If politicians looted wealth and stashed it abroad are all politicians bad?” the premier asked.

He said Pakistan’s history provided the lesson that the “military’s job is not to run the government. If a democratically elected government is performing poorly, it does not mean martial law should be imposed; it means the government should be improved.

“If a judge gives a wrong decision it means the judiciary has to evolve. The army has evolved as well. Contemporary civil-military relations are the best in history because they are all working in their spheres.”

He said the army had stood by his decisions including those regarding relations with India and opening of the Kartarpur Corridor.

The premier said PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif was “never a democratic man” and entered politics through the army’s support.

“Now he has become a super democrat,” he added, saying Nawaz had problems with various former army chiefs and Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, whom he himself appointed.

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