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Pakistan Army denies having any link with ‘Million March’ man Qadri

Islamabad, Jan. 16 (ANI): A senior Pakistani military official has said that the security establishment has nothing to do with the political upheaval triggered by Minhajul Quran International (MQI) chief, Dr Tahirul Qadri, who, along with tens of thousands of his supporters is staging a sit-in outside Parliament House, demanding an “electoral reform”.

The officer said it is incorrect to say that the army is behind Qadri or Supreme Court’s orders against Ashraf, he said, adding that such assertions were baseless, reports The Express Tribune.

He said the army would try to avoid intervention at all costs, adding that Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has decided in principle to let civilian authorities tackle political issues.

Another security official said that the army’s decision to stay away from the long march stemmed from the fact that it was a political event and could have negative implications if the security establishment intervened.

The paper quoted another senior military officer, as saying that the stand-off could be resolved if the army played a role in the formation of a caretaker government as a “moderator”. (ANI)