Army top brass resolves to tighten 'noose of law' around May 9 perpetrators
COAS presides over Formation Commanders conference
RAWALPINDI (Dunya News) – The military’s top brass on Wednesday vowed to tighten noose around masterminds and planners of May 9 incidents, said ISPR.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir chaired the 81st Formation Commanders Conference, attended by Corps Commanders, Principal Staff Officers, and Formation Commanders, at the General Headquarters (GHQ).
The ISPR stated that "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". 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 ISPR added.
The ISPR said the forum while condemning the 9th May incidents in the strictest sense reiterated their firm resolve that desecrators of martyrs' monuments, Jinnah House and attackers of military installations would certainly be brought to justice speedily under the Pakistan Army Act and Official Secret Act which are the derivatives of the Constitution of Pakistan.
"In this regard, efforts to create distortions and attempts to take refuge behind imaginary and mirage Human Rights Violations to create smoke screen for hiding the ugly faces of all involved, are absolutely futile and do not stand the abundantly collected irrefutable evidences," the ISPR quoted the military's top brass as saying.
The military's media wing said the forum paid rich tribute to the sacrifices of martyrs including officers and men of the armed forces, law enforcement agencies and martyrs from civil society who laid their lives for the safety, security and dignity of the country. Forum asserted, "The State of Pakistan and Armed Forces will always keep martyrs and their families in highest esteem and will continue to honor them and their sacrifices with utmost respect and dignity", said ISPR.
The ISPR stated that the participants were briefed on prevalent environment, challenges to security i.e both internal and external and 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," the ISPR added.
The ISPR quoted COAS as saying “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”, the ISPR added.
The military's media wing said the forum concluded that “Unfounded and baseless allegations on 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,” the ISPR reported COAS as asserting.
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.