RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said the armed forces will perform their responsibilities according to the code of conducts of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) during elections on July 25.
Media wing of armed forces, Inter Services Public Relations in a statement said the army chief visited Election Support Center, Rawalpindi, where he was given briefing on coordination with the election commission.
General Bajwa directed to provide all-out assistance for the upcoming elections according to election rules.
“Peaceful and secure environment should be ensured to let masses use their democratic right freely,” he said.
During the visit, he was given detailed briefing about plan for provision of assistance to ECP for free, fair and transparent conduct of General Elections 18.
Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said that Pakistan army shall assist the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) strictly for peaceful and transparent general elections 2018 within the bounds of given mandate and as per the ECP code of conduct. He said that working in synchronisation with other elements of security apparatus, all efforts be put in to ensure secure and safe environment enabling the people of Pakistan to freely exercise their democratic right.
Earlier today, a representative of the General Headquarters (GHQ), Director General ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor notified the Senate Standing Committee on Interior that armed forces were merely working on the directions of the ECP to improve the situation of security during polls. The GHQ representative reiterated before the Senate body that army had no direct role in the conduct of upcoming elections.
Addressing the committee’s meeting, the army’s representative further said that troops were liable to follow the code of conduct of the election commission on the polling day.
Recounting that armed forces had always lent support to civil institutions of the country, the GHQ representative elucidated that there were no obstructions in the communication process with the electoral body. – NNI