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Monday 6th February 2023 / 15 Rejab 1444

Army chief vows not to let stability be affected at any cost

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday visited the headquarters of the military’s Special Services Group (SSG), said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The visit by COAS comes a day after former military ruler retired Gen Pervez Musharraf, who was from the SSG, was handed a death sentence in the high treason case.
During his visit, General Bajwa lauded the contribution of SSG personnel towards the defence of the country. “We have brought stability by failing all inimical forces operating against Pakistan. We shall never let it go away at any cost,” the army chief was quoted as saying.
“SSG is our pride with myriad contributions towards defence of (the) country through its valiant officers and soldiers since the creation of Pakistan,” he added.
The visit comes a day after former military ruler retired Gen Pervez Musharraf, who was from the SSG, was handed a death sentence in the high treason case.
The Pakistan Army has reacted over the verdict that former army chief and president General retired Pervez Musharraf has been sentenced to death in the high treason case for suspending the constitution.
In a statement issued following the verdict in the high treason case, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said the “decision given by special court has been received with lot of pain and anguish by rank and file of Pakistan Armed Forces”.
The statement comes a meeting of the top military leadership was reportedly being held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi in the wake of the judgement.
“An ex-Army Chief, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee and President of Pakistan, who has served the country for over 40 years, fought wars for the defense of the country can surely never be a traitor,” said the statement.

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“The due legal process seems to have been ignored including constitution of special court, denial of fundamental right of self defence, undertaking individual specific proceedings and concluding the case in haste.”
“Armed Forces of Pakistan expect that justice will be dispensed in line with Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” he said.
A special court in Islamabad on Tuesday found Musharraf guilty of high treason and handed him a death sentence under Article 6 of the Constitution. This is the first time in Pakistan’s history that a former army chief has been sentenced to death. Musharraf has been out of the country since 2016, when he left to seek medical treatment.
He was booked in the treason case in December 2013 and was indicted on March 31, 2014. The trial of the former military dictator lingered until the verdict was reserved on November 19, 2019.
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