At Corps Commanders’ Conference, Army’s top brass decides to try ‘protesters, abettors’ under military law


RAWALPINDI – Corps Commanders’ Conference has decided to try May 9 protesters and their abettors under Pakistan Army Act and the Official Secrets Act.

In a statement, ISPR said top military command flocked for a special Corps Commanders Conference (CCC) held at the General Headquarters with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir in attendance.

Pakistan Army makes a big statement as activists of the former ruling party run riots across the country including some of the sensitive installations.

In the press release, ISPR said Corps Commander Conference expressed resolve that those involved in these heinous crimes against the military installations and personal/equipment will be brought to justice through trials under Pakistan Army Act and Official Secret Act.

The military’s top brass acknowledged the successful Counter Terrorism and Intelligence Based Operations in Pakistan by Security Forces, especially the 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.

Army officials were also briefed in detail about the prevailing internal and external security environment as officials took comprehensive stock of the Law and Order situation in the past few days that was created to achieve vested political interests.

It was learnt 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.

Top Commander condemned, in the strongest possible sense, these politically motivated and instigated incidents against military installations and public/private properties. Officials also communicated the anguish and sentiments of the rank and file of the Army on these unfortunate and unacceptable incidents.

Based on the irrefutable evidence collected so far, 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.

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

It however expressed resolve to crush vicious propaganda of such inimical forces with the support of people of Pakistan, who always stood with the Armed Forces during all odds.

Pakistan Army emphasized the 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 the democratic process. It also resolved to support all such efforts to reach this much-needed consensus.

Earlier, the military’s media wing called May 9 Black Chapter. It said following the arrest of the PTI chairman, anti-army slogans were raised from the specific political fraternity. ISPR said systematic attacks were carried out on army properties and installations. As people raised questions over the arrest of the former prime minister, Pakistan Army spokesperson NAB detained Imran Khan was detained according to law.