New Delhi: Ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accused the Intelligence Agency ISI that, it is affecting the country’s parliamentary elections. For the first time, he disclose the name of a senior ISI officer with allegation. He says that General Faiz Hamid, senior ISI officer, has been involved in activities affecting the elections this year.
Nawaz Sharif said that General Faiz Hamid and his team are behind the threatening of their candidates. Their team is also pressurizing the candidates to leave the party. General Faiz ISI is DG Counter Intelligence and they played a key role in negotiating with Tehreek-i-Labbaik protesters and the government in 2017.
Who is General Faiz Hamid
DG Asif Gafoor, Director General of Pakistan’s General Inter-Services Public Relations, mentioned Faiz Hamid in a press conference on Thursday. He was speaking about the role of the army in the elections. He said that General Hamid and his team have played an important role in eliminating terrorism in the country.
Following the amendment to the election law in 2017, the workers of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik sat on the dharna in Islamabad and jammed the capital of Pakistan for nearly three weeks last year. The attempt to negotiate with the protesters failed, and after that the government started rigidly and started police action. But this attempt failed. After this, after the intervention of General Hamid, Tehreek-i-Labbaik announced the end of the protest.
Pressure on candidates
Nawaz Sharif recently sentenced for 10 years in the case of corruption and the Supreme Court banned him from contesting elections. Elections will be held on July 25 in Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif has said that Faiz Hamid’s team is pressurizing his candidates to select the Jeep’s election symbol so that he can quit the party and contest as an independent candidate. He also said that some elements of the army do not want to let their party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), come back into the government.
Clarification of Pak army
On the charges of Nawaz Sharif, Army spokesman General Asif Gafoor has said that the Pakistani army has no connection with any political party and there is no loyalty with anyone. He said that the army will play its duty in a non-political and fair manner. He said that armed forces are not directly involved in the elections and its role is only helpful. Where the EC will be needed, the army will help.