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Print Print 2023-05-16

May 9 mayhem: Enraged army trying harder to overcome pain

  • Vows that those involved in vandalism will be brought to justice through trials under relevant laws of Pakistan including Pakistan Army Act and Official Secrets Act
Published May 16, 2023

ISLAMABAD: The top military brass on Monday took serious notice of the violent attacks on military installations and personnel after the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on May 9 and vowed that those involved in vandalism will be brought to justice through trials under relevant laws of Pakistan including Pakistan Army Act and Official Secrets Act.

COAS General Syed Asim Munir presided over Special Corps Commanders Conference (CCC) held at the GHQ on Monday, said the ISPR in a statement.

It stated that the forum resolved to support all such efforts to reach this much-needed consensus among all stakeholders to address ongoing political instability.

“Forum emphasized need of national consensus amongst all stakeholders to address ongoing political instability at priority so as to restore public confidence, reinvigorate economic activity and strengthen democratic process,” it stated.

According to the ISPR, the forum was briefed that a well-coordinated arson plan involving desecration of Shuhada pictures, monuments, burning down of historical buildings and vandalism of military installations was executed to malign the institution and provoke it towards giving an impulsive reaction.

COAS says armed forces will not tolerate further attempt to vandalise security installations

“Forum condemned, in the strongest possible sense, these politically motivated and instigated incidents against military installations and public/ private properties. The Commanders also communicated the anguish and sentiments of the rank and file of the Army on these unfortunate and unacceptable incidents,” it added.

Based on the irrefutable evidence collected so far, it added that the Armed Forces are well aware of the planners, instigators, abettors and perpetrators of these attacks and attempts to create distortions in this regard are absolutely futile.

“The Forum expressed firm resolve that those involved in these heinous crimes against the military installations and personal/ equipment will be brought to justice through trials under relevant laws of Pakistan including Pakistan Army Act and Official Secret Act,” read the statement.

It added that the forum resolved that restraint will no longer be exercised against perpetrators, spoilers and violators who attack military installations and setups under any circumstances.

It stated that the forum also showed concern over externally sponsored and internally facilitated, orchestrated propaganda warfare, unleashed against the Army leadership, meant to create fissures between Armed Forces and people of Pakistan, and within rank and file of the Armed Forces.

“The vicious propaganda of such inimical forces will be defeated with the support of people of Pakistan, who have always stood with the Armed Forces during all odds,” it stated, adding that the Forum stressed the need of strict implementation of relevant laws to penalize the violators of the social media rules and regulations.

The participants paid rich tribute to the Shuhada, who have laid their lives in defence of the motherland while fighting the menace of terrorism. Forum acknowledged the successful counter terrorism and intelligence-based operations in the country by Security Forces, especially valiant response given by the troops in the Muslim Bagh attack, and paid rich tribute to the supreme sacrifices made by the brave sons of the soil.

It added that the forum was briefed in detail about the prevailing internal and external security environment. “The Forum took comprehensive stock of the law and order situation in the past few days that was created to achieve vested political interests,” it added.

“The Forum resolved that Pakistan Army with the full support of people of Pakistan will defeat all nefarious designs of the enemies of Pakistan, Insha Allah,” it added.

Earlier, various military installations, including the GHQ, Corps Commander House in Lahore and others were vandalised by violent protesters after the arrest of PTI Chairman Imran Khan on May 9.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023


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Tulukan Mairandi May 16, 2023 04:58am
May 9 mayhem caused grave damage to Pakistan. Consequently IK must be given bonecrushing, merciless and body-deforming punishment, that will send shivers down the spine of anyone else who even dreams of undermining our glorious army and Prime Minister.
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zh May 16, 2023 05:25am
The past interference in politics by the army had horrendous consequences for the country. Unfortunately, the military leadership has learnt nothing from their past mistakes. Recent events have shown that the establishment is involved in civilian affairs to the hilt. One can understand that commanders are outraged by the May 9th happenings. Still, the army leadership should understand the masses' resentment and anger resulting from their manipulation of political parties.
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Sagheer Abbas Bhatti May 16, 2023 05:56am
'...with the support of people of Pakistan'???? You've already lost that support, Sir, by patronizing money launderers and looters. Good luck to you in restoring your lost image
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TimeToMovveOn May 16, 2023 06:59am
You know you sided with the PDM and failed to provide security for the constitutionally manded election. And now you want sympathy?
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BK May 16, 2023 08:57am
Munir you need to resign! Go Munir Go
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Haq May 16, 2023 09:07am
Excellent Hafiz Sb, Allah will bless you. Entire nation is with you. Pls do consider eradicating of corruption & terrorism, as both are interconnected, destroyed our country, system, economy, institutions & society from with in.
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Truthisbitter813 May 16, 2023 09:22am
I have no love lost for the army's atrocities against this very nation from enforced disappearances through to outright targeted killings, inward propaganda, election engineering not to mention the billions it gulps up every year from the budget without justifications. But despite all that, NO ONE should ever be allowed to cause the hooliganry that occured on 9th May, 2023. The Federal Government and military establishment must work together to crush these treacherous elements once and for all.
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qasim raza May 16, 2023 09:38am
Must be given befitting reply to this conspricy and handlers behind them including ex-army men, serving, judges and politicians.... People don't come out at the eve of assassination attempt on IK but this time they were hired and facilitated to create an impression that all the people are behind him and elections is their demand or majority against army...... Indeed a conspricy against Asim Munir and pak army...
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RabidKlan May 16, 2023 09:55am
@Tulukan Mairandi, ouch (sarcasm detector overload) :)
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Dr fahad May 16, 2023 09:59am
Pak Army Zindabad
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Parvez May 16, 2023 10:24am
Will this action be according to the Law and the Constitution ? .....sadly the mandated elections according to the Constitution and SC have not materialized.
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Sarosh Ur Rahman May 16, 2023 10:28am
All these Generals should resign if they have any conscience.
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imdad kolori May 16, 2023 10:29am
jalan ko roken burnol lagae, har moke p kam ye ae.
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Kashif ALI May 16, 2023 10:36am
@Sagheer Abbas Bhatti, I pity your condition being the rodent of the Pied Piper.
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Kashif ALI May 16, 2023 10:42am
@Tulukan Mairandi, I agree with you. And thanks to 21st constitutional amendment by Parliament and which was given legal endorsement or thumbs up by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, a civilian person can be tried in Military court. So, IK can't escape the responsibility of this carnage. When he claims to be the so called popular Pied Piper of rodents and then rodents wreak havoc to his tunes, he can't deny the ground realities. No doubt, IK and his perpetrators must be tried under Army Act. At the same time, we don't want him to be a political martyr. How damn he played politics over his injured leg!!! How damn he was walking so fit when caught by rangers!!! Whatever the circumstances, how damn PTI supporters vandalized the military installations and pelted stones over our soldiers!! They reminded us of Mukti Bahnis. Shame on all of them. Their houses must be burnt to ashes!!!!
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Kashif ALI May 16, 2023 10:55am
@BK, IT would be nice to see you tried under Army Act. You and your cohort need to be thrashed. Your family and house must be burnt to ashes. Pakistan First!!!! For Pakistan, if we need to sacrifice all the rodents and Pied Piper, be it so. You are such a coward person that you keep your identity hidden like a coward indian shit.
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Shakir May 16, 2023 01:15pm
I m overseas Pakistanis and I fully support Pak Army. Imran Khan is nothing but burden to Pakistan. We have suffered a lot in Imran Khan tenure. The overseas department (opf) is nothing but a joke. I have 3 cases with them for over 3 years. Absolutely no resolution. All they did was wasted my previous time. That department uses resources for their relatives only.
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R May 16, 2023 02:24pm
I very humbly request pak Army to please ban PTI. Or they will make the country a war zone. We have seen PTI economic vision already that comprised of keeping eggs and chicken to boost economy. And because of him we see so many terrorists attacks on our jawans.
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BK May 16, 2023 08:48pm
@Kashif ALI, thanks for your kind words! Shows a lot about your upbringing and values! And for your information I am not Indian! Son of the same land as yours! And I am also thinking about Pakistan not IK or other politicians. But the fact of the matter is that Army in PAK is above the law, we do have one man show running since Paks first martial law. And I am against this! I support civilian rule over military, I support free and fair elections and I support people’s will. If this means supporting IK and opposing Munir then so be it. Try keeping your mouth shut and opening your mind, it will do you good my friend
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BK May 16, 2023 08:52pm
@R, Gosh! It is not army’s mandate or place to ban any civilian political parties! It’s wrong to ban! Are the civilians of PAK really this incompetent that they cannot run a country? I mean it’s the same Pakistani people in army and in civilian side? So why do we think that only army can do things? Let the civilian government work, without interference, let them prove themselves. We are smart people and can do a lot more than what we think. Army’s interference is not needed!
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BK May 16, 2023 08:52pm
@zh, well said!
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BK May 16, 2023 08:56pm
@TimeToMovveOn, Exactly! And really the way IK and other PTI members and supporters are being treated by you and your puppets shows clear lack of respect for rule of law! You are showing your true colors. Today it’s PTI tomorrow it will be others. You are living off of our tax money and in return are killing us! Your own fellow countrymen! Shame on you! Munir needs to go before anymore damage is done to Pakistan. Time for change, in our thinking, in our politics, in our army and in our country
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Jawaid May 17, 2023 11:35am
What a sorry state of affairs!
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Joe May 17, 2023 11:37am
The real mayhem is... abridgment of the constitution by the compromised generals and judges!
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Tony May 17, 2023 11:56am
@Joe, Why compromised generals never follow constitution? The constitution does not give power to generals to grant NROs..bring crooks to power! India is racing to be a big power and these compromised generals with their inflated egos are pushing Pakistan to be a LCD and a subservient country to India!
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Tony May 17, 2023 12:16pm
Look how Indian leaders though their brain power are moving India as an economic power. Whereas in Pakistan leaders' arrogance of ignorance and mega egos is pushing country into an economic black hole...there is no realization by morons what they have done and what they are doing!
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Sumroo May 17, 2023 12:36pm
@Tony, and there is no realization what they are doing! To rectify blunder first one has to realize the errors and blunders!
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FrustratedPakistani May 18, 2023 12:21pm
Unfortunate that they have learnt no lessons from history. Your interference in politics is the reason why Pakistan is falling further and further behind India and Bangladesh. The army as an institution is a huge failure. Operation Gibraltar, 71, Siachin (operation meghdoot), Kargil. If there is one thing they specialize in, that's losing. Sorry they also possess another specialty, Lying! They lie so much that they don't even realize it themselves now. The day this curse is lifted from Pakistan, the country will actually move towards development and uplifting the poor.
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Sumroo May 18, 2023 12:50pm
This is 21st century; the states cannot run on files, audio & videos, plots and hits! Time to realize blunders of 75 years and let people decide their future!
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Hafiz May 20, 2023 07:04pm
@Joe, The real dilemma is that low IQ generals with unstable minds are promoted to top positions without proper scrutiny....jeopardizing the security and future of the country! What a pity! The present military leadership should be replaced to save Pakistan!
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