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Pakistan

May 9 a ‘black chapter’: Army says will not allow anyone to take law into their hands

  • Calls out PTI for 'attacks perpetrated on the army’s properties and installations as well as anti-army slogans'
Published May 10, 2023
A view of a house in cantonment area, which was set afire by supporters of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan during a protest against his arrest, in Lahore, Pakistan May 9, 2023. — Reuters
A view of a house in cantonment area, which was set afire by supporters of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan during a protest against his arrest, in Lahore, Pakistan May 9, 2023. — Reuters

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Wednesday that May 9 will be remembered as a “black chapter”, a statement that comes a day after the protest of PTI workers targeted “army property and installations” in the wake of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s arrest.

“We will not allow anyone to take the law into their hands,” the military’s media affairs wing said in a strongly-worded statement.

The ISPR added that Imran was arrested from the Islamabad High Court “in line with the NAB statement and law”.

“Immediately after this arrest, attacks were perpetrated on the army’s properties and installations while anti-army slogans were raised.”

The ISPR stressed that on the one hand, “these miscreants evoke the nation’s emotions for achieving their limited and selfish objectives, and on the other hand, they deceive people, continuing to highlight the army’s importance”.

“This is an example of hypocrisy,” the statement added.

The military’s media wing said that “this group wearing a political cloak” had done what enemies could not do in 75 years, all “in the lust for power”.

“The army showed patience and restraint and exercised extreme tolerance, not even caring about its reputation, in the larger interest of the country,” it said.

“With this situation created under nefarious planning, a heinous attempt was made to make the army give its immediate reaction, which could be used for its nefarious political purposes.”

Pakistan saw massive protests on Tuesday, with army’s installations being targeted in multiple cities. Videos shared on social media showed citizens, in response to PTI chief Imran’s arrest, damaging vehicles and property.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Interior authorised the deployment of Pakistan Army in Punjab to maintain law-and-order in the province, after the government also moved to curtail access to social media.

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Parvez May 10, 2023 07:16pm
Is the PTI causing this mayhem ? ...or is it the people of Pakistan who are expressing their disgust for the way they have been exploited over the decades, all done in their name.
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Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani) May 10, 2023 07:17pm
Seems Pakistan military is still living in purana Pakistan of 1971, using same language.
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BK May 10, 2023 07:27pm
Army needs to shut the hell up and listen to the desires of the people of Pakistan! This not PTI these are people of Pakistan expressing their opinions and disgust for the army of Pak, which has been exploiting them and the people for decades. ARMY NEEDS TO GET OUT OF THEI EGO BUBBLE AND CONNECT WITH AND LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN!!
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Love Your Country May 10, 2023 07:39pm
PTI has stirred up a lot of hate against its opponents for as long as I can remember.
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Johnny Walker May 10, 2023 07:42pm
“This is an example of hypocrisy,” Look who is saying this. The forces have been the biggest practitioners of this art for neigh on 70 years. I do wish these 2 star tin pot guys could at least understand what they write and read out to the hapless masses.
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Sumroo May 10, 2023 07:45pm
"May 9 a ‘black chapter’: Army says will not allow anyone to take law into their hands" It is the same hands that led to fall of East Pakistan! No lessons learnt! Same arrogance! of ignorance! The moron generals are destroying Pakistan by their own hand!
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where are you ISPR when CJ asked for elections security May 10, 2023 07:49pm
where are you ISPR when CJ asked for elections security, and why there is respect of army head ranked officer only when PM is trolled but there is no issue with army
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where are you ISPR when CJ asked for elections security May 10, 2023 07:49pm
where are you ISPR when CJ asked for elections security
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Akbar May 10, 2023 07:52pm
When the compromised and low IQ/high ego generals show allegiance to the crooks and corrupt who appointed them and not to the state and fail to follow the constitution, they are committing treason.
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MIr May 10, 2023 07:53pm
@Love Your Country, What planet are you on? Khaki"
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Doc Asad May 10, 2023 07:53pm
Yes how dare people of Pakistan speak against the "Holy Cow". Blasphemy !!!
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MIr May 10, 2023 07:55pm
In reality army generals are responsible for this mess! They do not want to give up their corrupt luxurious lifestyles and love for power at the cost of the state.
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Johnny May 10, 2023 07:56pm
The chaos created by army leadership shows lack of competence and wisdom!
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Tulukan Mairandi May 10, 2023 09:20pm
Army needs to instill discipline so that the authority of our PM and his brother (peace be upon them) are not challenged. They can start by hacking off 2 of imran niazi's limbs, to send a loud message.
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Nathan May 10, 2023 09:39pm
The chaos is well scripted by the compromised generals in an attempt to delay elections and push the country towards martial law! When will they learn to respect the constitution! From Ayub Khan to the current batch of generals all have contributed towards irreparable damage to the state! If they think by eliminating IK they will succeed in prolonging their hold on power…they are dead wrong…people will unleash their 75-years wrath in streets and the compromised generals won’t find any place to hide to save their skins!
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Sumroo May 10, 2023 10:01pm
What a wicked script to delay elections and harm IK! Low intellect generals remain clueless how their actions are undoing the state. No lessons learned from fall of Dhaka and hanging of Bhutto.
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Sumroo May 10, 2023 10:15pm
@Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani), It not the military just a group of compromised generals!
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KhanRA May 10, 2023 10:21pm
The ONE job of the Army is to protect Pakistan from EXTERNAL threats. They are not police officers, and they should not be allowed to take on this role too. They already are real estate developers, bread bakers, cement makers, and run the country like it belongs to them. It is time the Army be put in its place once and for all, or else they will control the entire country and we will be their slaves.
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TimeToMovveOn May 11, 2023 03:42am
@Sumroo, Nope they will never learn.
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