ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff Gen Asim Munir has reaffirmed a commitment made by his predecessor to stay away from politics, and declared he would not compromise the supremacy of the constitution and the honour of his institution.
Gen Asim expressed these views during a meeting with the participants of the national security workshop of National Defense University in General Headquarters, Rawalpindi. The workshop was specifically designed for Balochistan-related issues, hence majority of its participants were from that province. However, the political affairs and the role of the army also came under discussion. Regarding Balochistan, he said he would try to minimise the role of the army there.
The decision to pull out of politics was not the army chief’s alone, Gen Asim said. Those who understand army’s culture, he went on to explain, will agree that people are at liberty to speak out their mind and differ. However, all of them abide by it without any ‘if’ and ‘but’, he added.
Gen Asim said people who know him would testify that he has have always held the constitution supreme and would keep doing so as the army chief.