‘Army will never sabotage Pak-India ties’

Minister says not army but Musharraf planned adventure on Kargil

LAHORE – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Saturday said that the army is standing by the government to improve bilateral relations with India.

Speaking to journalists here, the minister said the army understands national interests and it stands with the government to safeguard national interest. “The army had never intervened to sabotage Pakistan-India relationship and I am sure the army would not do it in future too,” he said in response to a question.

He said that it was not the army but an individual Musharraf who planned adventure on Kargil but later touched knees of Vajpaee in Katmandu. He said that it’s better to hold hands than touch the knees. “We have to move forward putting bitter past behind to a better future of new generations of Pakistan and India,” he said.

Pervaiz said that Pakistan respects decision of Indian people who have chosen Narendra Modi as their next prime minister. On recent military action against militants in tribal areas, the minister said that the government would reciprocate for every action. The dialogue would be made with those who interested in talks and peace, he said.

The minister said that the militants who did not abandon terrorism would be handled with iron hands. Lashing out at cable operators, the information minister said it was not cable operator’s domain to cut any channel. He said that the government would take action against cable operators who banned particular channels. He said that the PEMRA was doing its job to look into the matter.

On PTI weekly protest, the minister said that the gathering of 10 people was not a protest but a picnic event. He said that Imran Khan was controlling the Pakhtunkhwa government sitting in Bani Gala. He advised the PTI chairman to hold protest rallies in Peshawar and Abbottabad rather than Faisalabad.

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