The commission set up by the government to look into the Abbottabad episode has been termed ‘unnecessary’ by Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, head of the PML-Q, a coalition partner with the PPP.
In a statement here on Saturday, he proposed that the most appropriate forum should be an internal, inter-services enquiry under the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), which can report its findings to parliament and the cabinet.
He also said it was wrong to involve the Judiciary in all issues, including technical areas like intelligence or security issues. Chaudhry Shujaat emphasised that accountability should not become a witch-hunt or an organised campaign to malign or defame a respected and popular national institution like the Pakistan Army.
He said from the recent statements of Mian Nawaz Sharif, it appears that he is trying to take advantage of the prevailing situation and differences between Pakistan Army and US military leadership. “This way he is trying to show to the Americans that he can bring our Army leadership under pressure”.
The PML-Q president said Nawaz Sharif, for his personal enmity, is using such a language against the Army that even an enemy of Pakistan cannot use. Shujaat urged the government not to rush into taking decisions under pressure.
He strongly condemned the systematic and organised campaign to malign and defame the Pakistan Army. He said that such a malicious campaign has been launched by those who have a personal grudge. He termed this campaign detrimental to the national interest of Pakistan.
“If a soldier Ranger kills an innocent person, this, by no means, can justify defaming or attacking the entire institution”.