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Farewell speech of Army Chief on Defence and Martyrs Day: Army can never go against country's interest
November 23, 2022

 Lt. Gen (Retd.) Raza Mohammad Khan (Defense Analyst)

This ceremony of "Youm-e-Shuhada"was supposed to be held on the occasion of 6th September, but it was postponed due to the flashfloods in the country. It was to remember the sacrifices of our martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for their country. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa highlighted some of the flaws; where, he said that no country in the world criticizes their armed forces, other than Pakistan. This behavior of our politicians should be changed, and the army officials shouldn't be made a subject of political agenda. It is high time all segments of society  to sit together and make a consensus on national security, economy and related matters. We, as a whole nation will have to work together for prosperity of our country.

Ijaz Mehmood (Air Vice Marshal Retd , Pak Air Force):

The statement of Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa is very welcoming in which he reaffirmed military's resolve to remain in its constitutional domain and stay away from interfering into political affairs. Political stake holders should set aside their differences and work for best interest of the country.  Britain has the oldest democratic system in the world, but we have never seen them to work against the interest of their country. They respect and support their institutions. However, it is very unfortunate in our country, that we criticize our the institutes with baseless allegations and make them politicize. It is necessary for us to work for the betterment of people and the country.

Dr. Mohammad Khan (Politcial/Defense Analyst)

The armed forces shouldn't be involved in the politics. Army has always welcomed constructive criticism, but it is unfortunate that baseless allegations were made against army and its leadership. Army wants to disassociate itself from political matters of the country, but they are forced to drag in the politics. And it is very welcoming statement of Army Chief that the institution would never interfere in any political matter.