General Kayani backs elections, smooth transfer of power in Pakistan

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 17:49 hrs

Islamabad: 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.

Irfan Siddiqui, a prominent columnist for an influential Urdu daily has written that in a candid conversation with journalists on Sunday, Kayani said he had assured the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of full cooperation on the matter.

The army chief also said that electing either competent or incompetent rulers was the prerogative of the people and not of the army.

"The army had stood by the democratically elected government for the past five years in light of the essence of the country's constitution, and a free, fair and transparent election in the country was a dream, which would soon be fulfilled," said Kayani, according to the Pakistani columnist.

Kayani also 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. 

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