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Attempts to drive army, public apart to fail: COAS

Gen Bajwa visits army officer allegedly tortured by PML-N MPAs’ guards

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa vowed on Sunday that the army draws its strength from people, and any effort to create a wedge between army and population won’t be tolerated.

The hostile forces, he said, have been trying this for a long time but they won’t succeed, the ISPR statement said of the army chief’s conclusions. During his visit to Lahore Garrison over the weekend, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa met the army officer who was recently tortured in an incident of road rage and assured him that the perpetrators would be brought to justice, according to a statement issued by the military’s media wing.

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Major Haris was allegedly injured by guards of PML-N MPAs Khwaja Salman Rafique and Hafiz Nauman on Wednesday. According to the first information report lodged by his father, Haris was attacked on Ferozepur Road following a minor dispute when the vehicles of both sides had come into contact.

His father said the suspects tortured his son with iron rods, injured him and fled the scene. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement today said that Gen Bajwa visited the Combined Military Hospital in Lahore and enquired about the injured army officer’s well-being. “COAS said that the law will take its course. Perpetrators, who are under arrest, will be brought to justice. No one can be allowed to take the law into their hands, COAS assured,” the ISPR statement added.

The ISPR said the army chief was received by Corps Commander Lieutenant General Muhammad Abdul Aziz upon his arrival at the Lahore Garrison. The COAS interacted with garrison officers and veterans in two separate interactive sessions and appreciated the Lahore Corps for maintaining high standards of operational preparedness and training.

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He said that misinformation and propaganda threatened state integrity and required a timely and unified response to effectively counter speculations and rumours. “Army draws its strength from people and any effort to create a wedge between army and population won’t be tolerated. The hostile forces are trying this for a long time but they won’t succeed,” the ISPR statement said of the army chief’s conclusions.

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