2017-10-13

No religious, ethnic bias in Pakistan army, says spokesman

Pakistan Forward

KARACHI -- The army is a national institution with no religious or ethnic biases, Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, the director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said Thursday (October 12).

Ghafoor made his remarks during a television interview in response to a former captain who wants the National Assembly to ban the recruitment of the Ahmadi Muslim minority into the army.

"When we put on the uniform, we are a Pakistani soldier only, irrespective of our religion, irrespective of our province and irrespective of our clan," he told Dawn during the interview.

The Pakistan army is "a national army... It's not true that army can be joined only by Muslims because its Muslim country... we proudly say that the army is an institution, which is the best example of national integration," said Ghafoor.

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