LAHORE - Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq on Thursday said his statement regarding the army was presented out of context by certain media channels.

The senior PML-N leader’s reaction comes after Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor termed the federal minister’s statement regarding the army irresponsible.

“The statement is very irresponsible and unwarranted as you are targeting the chain of command and the subordination system of Pakistan Army,” said the military spokesperson at a press conference on Thursday.

Rafiq also said the ISPR DG is a sincere person and he was saddened by Gen Ghafoor’s statement, adding he is playing a silent role for cohesiveness among the state institutions.

He further stated it is not appropriate that out of a 27-minute-long speech only a few words were picked and played up. “I havbe never adopted an irresponsible or unconstitutional stance,” he asserted. He said he has never targeted the subordinate system and can neither think of doing so. “If we have complaints, we either absorb them or discreetly inform the relevant authority,” said Rafique.

Elaborating further, the PML-N leader said those creating misunderstandings among the state institutions are doing a disservice to the nation.