Army chief asks PM to tackle Faizabad protests 'peacefully'

7:01 PM, November 25, 2017

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has urged Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to opt for strategy that avoids violence and clashes as the country cannot be pushed into turmoil.

In a message delivered by Major General Asif Ghafoor Bajwa, Director General (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief said that clashes are not in national interest and cohesion.

The development comes after the federal government resorted to coercive methods to end nearly 20-day long sit-in at Faizabad of the federal capital that has sparked countrywide tensions.

Police and armed forces have been called in by provincial governments including Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif-led Punjab to check protests and street violence.

On Friday night, an operation that was launched has resulted in one person dead while over a 100 wounded as some 2,000 protesters clashed with contingents of police. The forces resorted to teargas and rubber bullets firing, retaliating to which the workers of religious parties hurled stones at them.