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Nepal Army objects to Prachanda's remarks

The Maoist chief had said in a press conference that the Nepal Army was good for nothing except killing people and murdering women.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2006 13:56 IST

Nepal Army has taken strong exception to Maoist Chief Prachanda labelling the force as murderous, saying it has a long tradition of protecting the country's sovereignty and dignity of the people.

"The Nepal Army (NA) is seriously concerned over objectionable comments and allegations from Maoist chairman during the recent special government programme organized at an important venue, which was telecast live all over Nepal and attended by top political leaders," Army spokesman Bhushan Chand said in a statement.

The Army was reacting to remarks made by Prachanda at his first press conference after signing the 8-point agreement with Prime Minister GP Koirala that the Nepal army is good for nothing except "killing people and murdering Nepalese women".

"Nepal's history is testimony to the fact that from the past to the present, the NA has always remained and will continue to remain committed to protect the country's sovereignty, territorial integrity and dignity of the people under the direct command of the existing constitutional government," the statement said.

Prachanda had also argued that the size of Army should be reduced to 10,000-20,000 from the current 90,000, as it could neither fight with the Indian army nor Chinese army.