Army to be deployed at defence installations in Islamabad
Participants of Nuqta-e-Nazar programme stress unity to fight scourge of terrorism and extremism.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said Army would be deployed at important buildings and defence installations in Islamabad and Article-245 is meant to provide legal cover to it.
In an interview, he said the government has taken this step against any terrorist activities in the Federal Capital.
Speaking in Nuqta-e-Nazar programme of Current Affairs Channel of Radio Paksitan renowned analyst Abid Hassan Manto said: “Our constitution allows the civil administration to call out Pakistan army under article 245. Some political parties relate this decision to their activities. However, one thing is very clear that there is a huge threat of terrorism due to ongoing operation in North Waziristan.”
Participating in the programme, defence analyst Z.A. Hilali said: “Government has cleared this point that calling out the army has no link whatsoever with any political rally or movement. This decision has been made only to maintain law and order situation in the country and avoid any terrorist backlash in the wake of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. On the other hand, government should address the grievances of opposition parties and settle down all matters with talks.”
Defence analyst Dr. Rasool Baksh Raees in his comments said: “Security forces are engaged in elimination of terrorism from North Waziristan Agency. Government also received some threats from the terrorists so it decided to call out army to assist the civil administration. Opposition parties give impression that this decision was made to restrict their political activities. It is the duty of entire nation to work jointly for Pakistan and set aside political differences.”
Concluding the debate, analyst Salman Ghani said: “Opposition parties criticise the decision of calling out army. Our country is facing difficult challenges. Security forces are fighting militants to eradicate terrorism. Around one million IDPs have been registered in the IDPs camps so far. I think, it is not a proper time to show political power. Parliament is the best forum to resolve political issues.”