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Statement of COAS not linked to CJ’s remarks, say defence sources

The statements made by the two chiefs on Monday late afternoon have no link with each other as Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s address was made by him an hour before the issuance of the report pertaining to the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s address to army officers.
“It would be unfair to treat one statement as reaction to the other since both have spoken of the supremacy of Constitution,” said highly placed defence sources on Monday evening when their reaction was solicited on the development in question.
The sources on condition of anonymity revealed to The News that the report consigned to the media about the address of General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani at five o’clock in evening while the chief justice made his observations at about four o’clock.
It is a matter of record but incidentally the media telecasted/broadcast the chief justice remarks after the army chief and it created the impression that it was done in reaction.
The impression is absolutely not correct. The sources impressed upon the fact that it had for the first time been said that everyone had committed mistakes and this realisation itself deserved full commendation.
The army chief, General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani, who is purely a soldier and man of few words, said what he thought true and correct without mincing the words. He is a candid soldier who doesn’t believe in transgressing and encroaching other’s domains.
He impressed upon the need to have a consensus on the question of definition of national interest as he rightfully has said that no one individual should insist its monopoly on determining the ‘national interest.’
The incumbent army chief spoke of the future, the rule of law, positivity and saving of the national institutions. Nobody is guilty until one is proven, was the important message and nobody will dispute it, the sources concerned maintained.

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