Pakistan Army Chief, 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, according to a prominent columnist for an influential Urdu daily.
Columnist Irfan Siddiqui wrote that during a candid conversation with journalists on Sunday, Kayani said he had assured the chief election commissioner of full cooperation on the matter. Kayani was also quoted, as saying that electing either competent or incompetent rulers was the prerogative of the people and not of the army, reports The Dawn.
Kayani further said the army had stood by the democratically-elected government for the past five years in light of the essence of the country's constitution. He said the army was constitutionally obligated to stand by the country's government.
Siddiqui is said to have a soft spot for the military and the right wing in his writings.(ANI)