State institutions, media should not cross limits, says Gul
RAWALPINDI: Lieutenant General (Retd) Hameed Gul, former chief of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has said that state institutions and media should not cross their limits.
Talking to media persons here on Tuesday, he said reforms were need of the hour and every institution should work within its domain. Talking about attack on Hamid Mir, he said, “Ex-servicemen condemn the attack but state’s responsible institutions should also not be maligned. I am against closure of any TV channel as it would deprive hundreds of people of their jobs. However, we should not cross our limits.”
He said the last 12 years were very crucial and Pakistan was under immense pressure from the United States. “During this period people’s love for their army was also at the lowest level but then General Kayani restored army’s image by covering the gap which occurred during Musharraf tenure,” he said.
Talking about Musharraf’s trial, Gul said, “We want fair trial for him which is his due right and he should not be declared a traitor.”
He said Pakistan was not established only for Muslims but for people belonging to every religion. “Our non-Muslims are as loyal as we are and have equal rights like other citizens of this country. They should be treated equally,” he said. He said due to faulty policies the country was facing sectarianism and extremism. “Billions of rupees were given to ministers of Balochistan but not a penny was spent on people’s welfare,” he said while talking about the infrastructure of Balochistan province.