MANDI BAHAUDDIN - The Pakistan Ex-servicemen Society held a meeting at Kadhanwal village and rejected the demand for court martial of the retired generals following the Supreme Court ruling in the Asghar Khan case.

Presiding over the meeting, Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society district president Maj (r) Sher Muhammad Gondal said that some politicians, on the basis of Supreme Court ruling in Asghar Khan case, were demanding court martial of General (r) Aslam Beg and Genral (r) Asad Durrani for distributing money to politicians during 1990 elections.

He said the SC recommended action against those involved in doling out and receiving the money. He said the money was given by the then president who was also supreme commander of armed forces, and the politicians received it. The generals only distributed that money to the politicians on the order of their supreme commander in good faith as the president told them that this act was in the public interest.

With this perspective, the generals did not commit any offence. Subedar Riaz Warriach, district Information secretary of the PESS, said both the retired generals were honest and competent who rendered meritorious service and rose to top positions in the army with their hardworking. Being public servants, they carried out orders of their superior commander regarding distribution of the money.

Therefore, he said, the demand of politicians for their court martial was unjustified and tantamount to maligning the generals. PESS General Secretary Abdul Ghani Gujjar said that politicians were misguiding the people in respect of the SC ruling to secure political mileage.

“The SC took 16 years to decide the case and during its hearing successive governments did not produce relevant documents in the court to delay the case. Now when the incumbent government was about to complete its tenure, the relevant record was filed in the court for political advantage in the upcoming elections. It was PPP government that conferred Tamgha-e-Jamhooriat on Aslam Beg and appointed Gen Asad Durrani as ambassador to Germany,” he said. Mr Bashir said that no one was angel among rulers and politicians as well.  He urged the rulers and politicians to stop malign retired army officers for political gains. 

He said such propaganda demoralised serving and retired soldiers and badly affect fighting sprit of troops. If such propaganda continued no one will be willing to join armed forces in future.