Use of force, armed action by any group unacceptable, says COAS Munir

Use of force, armed action by any group unacceptable, says COAS Munir


COAS expressed the views during an interaction with leading Islamic scholars at GHQ

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RAWALPINDI (Dunya News) – Chief of Army Staff Gen Asim Munir said use of force and armed action by any militia, entity or group other than the state was unacceptable. 

The army chief expressed these views during an interaction with leading Islamic scholars of all schools of thought at GHQ, said ISPR on Friday. 

“Pakistan belongs to all Pakistanis without any religious, provincial, tribal, linguistic, ethnic, sectarian or any other distinction,” he said. 

The COAS said there was no space for intolerance and extreme behaviour by any entity against anyone, particularly against minorities and vulnerable segments of society. 

The scholars unanimously condemned extremism, terrorism and sectarianism and pledged their continued support for untiring efforts of the State and security forces for bringing tolerance, peace and stability in the country. 

They underscored that Islam is a religion of peace and harmony and any skewed and distorted interpretations of religion by certain entities is for their vested interests only and has nothing to do with Islamic teachings. 

The COAS while lauding ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ Fatwa by religious scholars to nullify misleading propaganda disseminated by extremists and terrorists called upon the Islamic scholars for its propagation and implementation in letter and spirit and shun internal schisms. 

Gen Asim Munir signified the role of ulema in harnessing youth towards understanding of Quran and Sunnah and character building alongside other academic knowledge and technical skills. 

The forum unanimously supported government’s measures to bolster the State including repatriation of illegal foreigners, implementation of One Document Regime, anti-smuggling and hoarding measures, and anti-power theft drive. 

It also fully acknowledged Pakistan’s position and concerns on terrorism emanating from Afghan soil and urged serious actions by Afghanistan to address Pakistan’s concerns.
The forum also expressed anguish on the ongoing conflict in Gaza and atrocities being committed against the hapless people of Gaza.