‘Allegations against LEAs, security forces for rights abuses baseless,’ military brass 

ISPR: The 81st Formation Commanders Conference at GHQ was attended by Corps Commanders, Principal Staff Officers and all Formation Commanders of Pakistan Army, 

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir while addressing the forum said “the people of Pakistan and their deep bond with the Armed Forces is, and will remain central to all our undertakings, and events of 25th May were a clear manifestation of the same,” according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR)

“The forum paid rich tribute to the sacrifices of shuhada including officers and men of the Armed Forces, Law Enforcement Agencies and Shuhada from civil society and offered Fateha for the departed souls,” says ISPR. 

The statement further reads that “while condemning the 9th May Black Day incidents, it was reiterated that desecrators of Shuhada Monuments, Jinnah House and attackers of military installations would be brought to justice under the Army Act and Official Secret Act”.

According to ISPR the COAS also reiterated that “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,” while adding that “Pakistan Army will remain committed towards their national obligations of safeguarding territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country.” 

“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” said the military’s media wing.

It further states 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.”

According to ISPR participants were also briefed on the prevalent challenges to both internal and external security as well as operational preparedness in response to evolving threats – 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.” it said.

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 as per ISPR

The “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.” according to the statement.

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