Pakistan Supreme Court tells army to keep off politics, media
Pakistan's Supreme Court rebuked the powerful military and intelligence agencies on Wednesday, calling for them to uphold free speech and stay out of politics in a country ruled by the generals for nearly half its existence.
The unusually strong criticism was issued in a judgement released criticising the role of the intelligence agencies in anti-blasphemy protests which paralysed the capital Islamabad for several weeks in 2017.
"If any personnel of the Armed Forces indulges in any form of politicking or tries to manipulate media, he undermines the integrity and professionalism of the Armed Forces," the judgement, posted on the Supreme Court website, stated.
Pakistan's constitution "emphatically prohibits" members of the armed forces from "engaging in any kind of political activity", it added.
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