Pak Army vows to punish those responsible for May 9 violence


Noose of law is also tightened around the planners and masterminds, who mounted the hate ripened and politically driven rebellion against the state and state institutions  

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army’s top command on Wednesday expressed its ‘firm resolve’ to bring all those to justice, who planned and executed the May 9th violent attacks on various military installations, including the Jinnah House, and desecrated the monuments of the martyrs.    

This stern warning came at the 81st Formation Commanders Conference at the GHQ, which was presided over by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir. All the Corps Commanders, Principal Staff Officers and Formation Commanders of the Pakistan Army attended the conference.

The forum, while condemning the May 9th ‘Black Day incidents in the strictest sense’ reiterated its resolve that those responsible for violence would be tried under the Pakistan Army Act and Official Secret Act which are the derivatives of the Constitution.

According to an ISPR press release, any “efforts to create distortions and attempts to take refuge behind imaginary and mirage human rights violations to create a smoke screen for hiding the ugly faces of all involved, are absolutely futile and do not stand the abundantly collected irrefutable evidence.”

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its top leadership, including the former premier Imran Khan, are under tremendous criticism following the May 9th events. Since then, a number of senior PTI leaders and lawmakers have quit the party and some of them even announced their disassociation from the politics.

“While the legal trials of perpetrators and instigators have commenced, it is time that noose of law is also tightened around the planners and masterminds, who mounted the hate ripened and politically driven rebellion against the state and state institutions to achieve their nefarious design of creating chaos in the country,” the statement said.

The forum also resolved that endeavours by any quarter to create obstructions and stymie the conclusive defeat of ill design of inimical forces will be dealt with iron hands.

The Formation Commanders Conference paid rich tribute to the supreme sacrifices of martyrs, including officers and men of the Armed Forces, Law Enforcement Agencies and members of the civil society who laid down their lives for the country. “The State of Pakistan and Armed Forces will always keep Shuhadas and their families in highest esteem and will continue to honor them and their sacrifices with utmost respect and dignity,” the statement said.

The Forum said that “unfounded and baseless allegations on (the) Law Enforcement Agencies and Security Forces for custodial torture, human rights abuses and stifling of political activities are meant to mislead the people and malign Armed Forces in order to achieve trivial vested political interests”.

“Hostile forces and their abettors have been trying hard to create societal division and confusion through fake news and propaganda but all such designs will continue to be defeated with the full support of the nation, InshaAllah.” The COAS asserted.

Participants were briefed on the prevalent environment, challenges to security — both internal and external — and their own operational preparedness in response to evolving threats, both traditional and non-traditional.

Forum was also briefed on the structural changes and niche technologies being incorporated to enhance operational preparedness besides up-gradation of essential logistic infrastructure corresponding to emerging security imperatives.

COAS reiterated “Pakistan Army will remain committed towards their national obligations of safeguarding territorial integrity and sovereignty” of the country. He further said, “People of Pakistan and their deep bondage with the Armed Forces is and will remain central to all our undertakings and events of 25th May were a clear manifestation of same”.

COAS stressed on maintaining high standards of professionalism and motivation during operations and achieving excellence during training of their formations. He commended the commanders for their constant focus on the wellbeing and high state of morale of their soldiers who remain the foundation of Army’s operational readiness.

Forum concluded by affirming resolve to render all sacrifices necessary for the security and stability of the country with the perpetual support of the proud people of Pakistan.

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