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Army has nothing to do with banners displaying COAS’s picture: ISPR

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RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army on Tuesday said it had nothing to do with the banners carrying pictures of Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif displayed in various cities, ARY News reported.

This was stated in a tweet by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Lt General Asim Saleem Bajwa.

On the other hand, Pakistan People’s Party leader Aitzaz Ahsan termed this a trick by the ruling government. It wanted to take undue advantage through such tricks to show as if the democracy was in danger.

Posters begging Army Chief to launch a coup appeared in major cities including the capital Islamabad overnight.

A largely-unknown political party founded in 2013, Move On Pakistan, placed the posters in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and the garrison city of Rawalpindi as well as several army-run cantonment areas.

“Talk of leaving has become old, for God’s sake come now,” said the posters, referring to General Raheel Sharif’s decision to step down at the end of his tenure this year.

“Whenever somebody points finger towards Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the government twists it towards as if democracy is in danger,” Aitzaz said.

The PPP leader said Army had no benefit of those posters.

While, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah said the posters were challenge for writ of the government and violation of the constitution by the political party that had put those banners across cities.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rasheed said spreading speculations about the Army chief was equal to weakening Zarb-e-Azb operation.

He said the people raising such posters were stupid and nincompoop. It was too early to talk about Raheel Sharif’s service tenure.

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