Army chief backs fair polls, smooth transfer of power

ISLAMABAD — Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has said he fully supports the idea of holding a free, fair and transparent election leading to a smooth transfer of power in the country, a prominent columnist for an influential Urdu daily wrote in Tueday’s edition.

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Published: Wed 27 Feb 2013, 8:50 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:34 PM

Columnist Irfan Siddiqui wrote that in a candid conversation with journalists on Sunday, Gen. Kayani said he had assured the chief election commissioner of full cooperation on the matter.

He said electing competent or incompetent rulers was the prerogative of the people and not of the army. Gen. Kayani further said the army had stood by the democratically-elected government for the past five years in light of the essence of the constitution, adding that he supported the idea of a smooth transfer of power through the holding of a general election.

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