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No space for inclination on grounds of religion, ethnicity, groups in armed force: ISPR boss

KARACHI: The armed force is a national organization where each can serve independent of his or her religion.

The statement originated from Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, the executive general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), when he was reacting to an inquiry amid a TV meet on Thursday night.

“We have caught wind of that resigned Capt Mohammad Safdar’s request,” Maj Gen Ghafoor revealed to Kamran Khan of Dunya TV about the previous’ discourse in the National Assembly.

“Oh my goodness that the Pakistan Army is a national armed force… It’s not genuine that armed force can be joined just by Muslims since we are a Muslim nation… We gladly say that the armed force is a foundation, which is the best case of national mix.”

The ISPR chief general went ahead to state that there was no space for inclination on the grounds of religion, ethnicity and factions and there were various non-Muslims who were as of now serving in the military.

“When we put on the uniform we are a Pakistani officer just, regardless of our religion, independent of our territory and regardless of our family,” he said.

“At the present time, we have Christians, Sikhs and Ahmadis [in the army]. So on the off chance that somebody says boycott them… All things considered, I would state that there is a lawmaking body. Also, on the off chance that it brings any such law then this point ought to be talked about.”

While talking in the National Assembly, Captain Safdar, a previous serviceman, had said that he needed to get a determination the lawmaking body requiring a “prohibition on enrollment of Qadianis [Ahmadis] in the military”.

Expounding on the armed force’s enrollment procedure for Muslims, Maj Gen Ghafoor stated: “Each Muslim officer enlisted in the armed force records a testament in which he proclaims that he’s not an Ahmadi and has faith in Khatm-I-Nubuwwat.”

Capt Safdar may have overlooked, yet he too gave that endeavor when he joined the armed force, included the ISPR boss.

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