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Torture propaganda aimed at achieving ‘political interests’: army top brass

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The military’s top brass has said that unfounded and baseless allegations against security forces are aimed at misleading the people and maligning armed forces, the military’s media wing said on Wednesday.

The statement came after Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir presided over the 81st Formation Commanders Conference at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, which was attended by corps commanders, principal staff officers and all formation commanders of Pakistan Army, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

“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,” the forum concluded.

“Pakistan Army will remain committed towards their national obligations of safeguarding territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country,” the statement quoted the COAS saying.

He further said: “People of Pakistan and their deep bondage with the armed forces is and will remain central to all our undertakings and events of 25th May were a clear manifestation of same.”

“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, InshaAllah,” Gen Munir asserted.

The forum while condemning the “9th May Black Day” incidents in the strictest sense reiterated their firm resolve that desecrators of shuhada [martyrs] monuments, Jinnah House and attackers of military installations would certainly be brought to justice speedily under the Pakistan Army Act and Official Secret Act which are the derivatives of the Constitution of Pakistan, the statement added.

In this regard, efforts to create distortions and attempts to take refuge behind imaginary and mirage human rights violations to create smoke screen for hiding the ugly faces of all involved, are absolutely futile and do not stand the abundantly collected irrefutable evidences, the ISPR said.

“It has been further stressed 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.”

The top commanders also resolved that endeavours by any quarter to create obstructions and stymie the conclusive defeat of ill-design of inimical forces will be dealt with iron hands.

Forum pays tribute to martyrs

In the same meeting, Gen Munir, the ISPR said also 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.

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.

The huddle paid rich tribute to the supreme sacrifices of shuhadas [martyrs] including officers and men of the armed forces, law enforcement agencies and shuhada from civil society who laid their lives for the safety, security and dignity of the country. The forum offered Fateha for the shuhadas’ departed souls.

The meeting asserted, “The state of Pakistan and armed forces will always keep shuhadas and their families in highest esteem and will continue to honor them and their sacrifices with utmost respect and dignity.”

The top commanders were also briefed on prevalent environment, challenges to security i.e. both internal and external and operational preparedness in response to evolving threats, both traditional and non-traditional.

The 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, the statement added.

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