"Malicious" Campaign Against Pakistan Army Or Patriotism?
Pakistan's top army commanders say there is a "malicious campaign" against institutions of the state by a small minority of vested interests.
BBC: June 1, 2007
The army warning comes amid a growing challenge to President Musharraf's decision to suspend the chief justice of the Supreme Court.
The move has galvanised opposition to the rule of Gen Musharraf, who is the head of the army.
Meanwhile, two TV channels have had their live broadcasts suspended.
The stations are among those that have given considerable coverage to the issues around the suspension of the chief justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry.
The top army commanders issued their warning at a meeting of corps commanders in Rawalpindi.
The meeting was held ahead of schedule and correspondents say it is highly unusual for the army to issue press statements after such meetings.
But Friday's press statement said the army's top commanders "took serious note of the malicious campaign against Institutions of State, launched by vested interests and opportunists who were acting as obstructionist forces to serve their personal interests and agenda even at the cost of flouting the rule of law".
The statement also had the following warning: "Any attempt by a small minority to obstruct the aspirations of vast majority would only derail the nation from its path of progress and prosperity."
It concluded by saying that President Musharraf "appreciated unstinted support of the participants".
Moreover, Gen Musharraf assured the commanders that "nobody will be allowed to bring instability in the country".
President Musharraf seized power in a coup in 1999.
He is currently facing an unprecedented challenge to his rule by a combination of opposition secular and religious parties, as well as most of Pakistan's legal community.
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