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Do not drag army into politics: Army chief to politician

world Updated: Feb 14, 2009 15:28 IST

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Army chief General Rukmangad Katuwal has ruled out the possibility of a military coup in Nepal in the present context of political bickerings.

The Army never ruled the country and never intends to do so in future, the army chief told a key Parliamentary committee which had called him to present his views on how national security policy should be incorporated in the constitution.

"There is no question of army interfering into national politics," Kathmandu Post quoted Gen Katuwal as telling the committee.

He made it clear that the army will honour all instructions of the legitimately elected government, adding that forces had never questioned the supremacy of the people.

But the army chief asked the politicians not to drag security forces into politics. "Dragging the army into politics will not be good for the state and the government."

Pointing to the differences between the Defence Ministry and the Army over the new recruitment, Katuwal rejected that there were any differences.

The Army has recently completed recruitment of 2,800 new soldiers inspite of instructions by Defence Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa "Badal" to halt the process.