LAHORE - Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is the symbol of solidarity and security of the country and believed as the premier state security service without a fraction of doubt, says PML-Q Punjab president Ch Pervaiz Elahi. Talking with party delegations at his residence on Sunday, Elahi said that Army Chief General Raheel Sharif had taken up the Kashmir issue with such a zeal the vital issue required since a long time. “The entire nation pays tributes to the Army Chief for his role on defence and diplomatic front soon after taking charge of his office,” he added.

The PML-Q leader said that the masses across the country were praising the role of the defence forces especially Pak Army for their effective role in fighting the war against terror under the title of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, as Pak Army and his intelligence arms rooted out several terror networks from its strongholds with rendering sacrifices in the line of duty.

He stated that his party had always been on the forefront while countering the propaganda against the Pak Army and ISI, and staged demonstrations against the elements criticising the state security institutions just for the cheap publicity. He added that PML-Q had also submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly and the Parliament to condemn the elements involved in propaganda against the vital state security services.

“Not only the armed forces are rendering their services for safeguarding the country from internal and external enemies, but their children have also sacrificed their lives in Peshawar’s terror incident,” Elahi highlighted.

On this occasion, he clarified his statement in a TV show about ISI by saying that the former army chief General (r) Pervez Musharraf and the then ISI DG, General (r) Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani, agreed with him and left the matter of handling the lawyers’ movement in Punjab to him.