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Army Vows Trials Under Army Act for Attack on Military Installations

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In response to recent attacks on military installations, the top brass of the Pakistani army has pledged to bring the “spoilers” responsible to justice through trials under relevant laws, including the Pakistan Army Act and Official Secrets Act. The commitment was made during the Special Corps Commanders Conference (CCC) held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, chaired by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir.

During the conference, tribute was paid to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the fight against terrorism. The participants acknowledged the successful counterterrorism and intelligence-based operations conducted by the security forces, particularly highlighting the valiant response of the troops during the Muslim Bagh attack. The forum condemned the politically motivated incidents aimed at damaging military installations and public and private properties, emphasizing that such acts would not be tolerated.

The military’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), stated that the conference participants were briefed on the prevailing internal and external security environment. The forum discussed a well-coordinated plan involving arson, desecration of martyrs’ pictures and monuments, destruction of historical buildings, and vandalism of military installations. These acts were executed to tarnish the institution and provoke an impulsive reaction. The commanders expressed their resolve to bring the perpetrators to justice based on the irrefutable evidence collected thus far.

Furthermore, the conference addressed the externally sponsored and internally facilitated propaganda warfare targeting the army leadership, aimed at creating divisions within the armed forces and the Pakistani population. The ISPR emphasized that these malicious propaganda efforts would be defeated with the support of the people of Pakistan, who have always stood by the armed forces.

The huddle also stressed the need for strict implementation of relevant laws to penalize violators of social media rules and regulations. It underscored the importance of national consensus among all stakeholders to address the ongoing political instability, restore public confidence, revive economic activity, and strengthen the democratic process. The army’s commitment to defeating all nefarious designs against Pakistan, with the full support of its people, was reiterated.

The ISPR’s statement follows the recent chaos that unfolded after the arrest of PTI chief Imran Khan on May 9. The arrest, conducted by the National Accountability Bureau with the assistance of paramilitary Rangers, triggered nationwide protests, accompanied by incidents of vandalism and violence. During the protests, social media was flooded with videos showing clashes between a mob and the police in Karachi, an attack on the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, and the vandalization of a high-ranking military officer’s official residence in Lahore.

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