Tensions in civil-military relations, admits Khurram Dastgir


ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan on Thursday admitted that there was tension between the civilian government and military on some issues.

While talking to media persons, he said that the national security forum failed to overcome the issues in civil-military relations.

He said all decisions were coming against Nawaz Sharif and Sharif family, adding that Imran Khan has been promoting hate and radicalism in the country.

Dastgir said India is committing ceasefire violations and targeting the innocent civilians at the Line of Control (LoC) due to its vested interests. He said Pakistan Army is giving befitting responding to the Indian unprovoked firing at LoC.

The defence minister said that India is fanning terrorism in Pakistan through Afghanistan soil, adding that India’s alliance with the US and Afghanistan has created challenges Pakistan.

He said that defence cooperation between Pakistan and China is rapidly increasing. He also added that relations with Saudi Arabia and Turkey also have been increased regarding defence.

Dastgir said Pakistan also enjoys good relations with Russia and dialogue regarding defence cooperation is in progress with Russian government.

The defence minister, while talking about relations with the US said that government has no defence cooperation with America anymore. He also added Pakistan had tried to improve relations with the US but Trump’s tweet failed these efforts.

‘’We would not accept Indian hegemony in region and Indian–US alliance has been working against Pakistan,” he said.

Dastgir praised army’s sacrifices in the war on terror and said our civilians and armed forces have rendered unrivalled sacrifices in war on terror. He said Pakistan has embarked on the road towards development and Prosperity after defeating the terrorism.

To a question, Dastgir said that political stability in country is road to accomplishment the goal of prosperity, adding that next election should be free and fair.