ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has rejected perception about requisitioning of the army under Article 245 in Islamabad, saying that army deployment in the federal capital has no political purpose.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad this afternoon [Sunday], he said no city will be handed over to the army.
The Minister said the decision to call the army was taken at least five days before the start of the operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan.
The Minister categorically stated that requisitioning of the army has no link with any political rally or movement.
He claimed that anyone trying to link the government’s decision of calling in the Army with any political party of political rally was actually engaging in political point-scoring and was making the Army’s role needlessly controversial during a crucial time.
Lashing out at those criticizing the government’s decision to invoke Article 245 of the Constitution, the federal interior minister said that the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) was not the first government to call for the military’s assistance and several other governments including the previous Pakistan People Party (PPP)-led coalition government had also sought the help of the army invoking the use of Article 245 of the Constitution.
Nisar said that Islamabad was not being handed over to the Army rather the armed forces were only called in to assist in maintaining law and order situation and would remain under the civil administration.