ISLAMABAD: A day after Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairperson and former president Asif Ali Zardari unleashed his tirade against the military leadership, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday stepped in to defend the armed forces.
In a statement issued by PM House, the premier said criticism of the armed forces encourages destabilising factors in the country, adding that under the current circumstances criticising the armed forces was not an appropriate step.
PM further said that the operation against terrorism is in its critical stages, adding that national unity was the need of hour.
“Cooperation between the civilian and military leadership has strengthened democracy. This coordination is evident in the decisions taken by the All Parties Conference (APC) during which the civilian and military leadership set joint national targets,” the statement added.
In an uncharacteristically aggressive speech, Zardari on Tuesday lashed out against what he called “the character assassination of his party” and warned the military leadership that if they did not stop, he would expose the misdeeds of many generals.
The former president said army chiefs come and go every three years but the political leadership was here to stay. “We know the country better and we know how to run its affairs,” Zardari stressed.