OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - A former corps commander on Monday said quick inquiries should be held into the Abbottabad and Karachi naval base episodes without waiting for the formation of formal inquiry commissions in the light of a resolution passed by a joint session of parliament. Those responsible for these incidents should be punished without delay, Lt Gen (retd) Naseer Akhtar said while delivering a lecture at the Hameed Nizami Hall. The former General supported the call for debating the defence budget in the parliament, but made it clear that responsibility in this regard fell on the defence minister. He said the army should not interfere in political matters. Elections, he said, should be absolutely free and fair. He was all praise for the announcement made by the corps commanders conference that Pakistan did not need US aid. Gen Akhtar said the US wanted the Pakistan army to launch an operation in North Waziristan, but the army was resisting the pressure. Underlining the need for the settlement of the Kashmir dispute, he said there would be no peace in the region unless the Kashmiri people were given their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN resolutions. According to the former corps commander, better leaders would start emerging on the national scene after impartial polls.