Army Chief vows to punish those behind May 9 violence

The Chief of Army Staff General Syed Asim Munir has vowed to bring to jail all the organizers, encouragers, instigators, and perpetrators, on May 9, the “Black Day,” when violent demonstrations erupted across the nation in response to the detention of former prime minister Imran Khan, of damage.

General Asim Munir said “planners, abettors, instigators of on May 9 will all be brought to justice.”

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has stated that the COAS General Asim Munir visited Corps Headquarters Peshawar today. COAS was given a detailed briefing on the prevailing security situation and ongoing counter-terrorism efforts. He appreciated the professional competence, performance and achievements of Law Enforcement Agencies in the ongoing fight against terrorism.

“We will keep working towards peace and stability”, the Army Chief said in a speech to the Corps officers.

COAS also addressed the officers of the Corps and emphasized on the evolving threats to national security. He said, “We shall continue with our endeavors of peace and stability and there will be no room for spoilers of the process”.

The Armed Forces will not tolerate any further attempt of violating the sanctity and security of its installations or vandalism and resolved to bring to justice all the planners, abettors, instigators and executors of vandalism on the Black Day of 9th May.

COAS also sensitized about challenges of information warfare and efforts to create misperceptions. He highlighted that a concerted effort is being made maliciously by inimical elements to target the Armed Forces. He pledged that such nefarious attempts will be foiled through the support of people of Pakistan.

Earlier on arrival, COAS was received by Corps Commander Peshawar.

After the arrest of PTI Chairman Imran Khan on May 9 his party supporters, who were angry due to the detention, had targeted the sensitive buildings in different cities. The building of Jinnah House Lahore was set ablaze. Radio Pakistan building was torched by the protestors.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also visited Jinnah House earlier today. He also showed resolve that the instigators and agitators will be brought to justice. The PM had given the authorities 72 hours to identify and bring all the accused under legal system.