Army Vows to Help ECP in Holding Free and Fair Elections

The Pakistan Army has assured the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) of its full cooperation and assistance in conducting the forthcoming general elections, scheduled for February 8, 2024.

This was stated by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir, who chaired the two-day 261st Corps Commanders’ Conference at the General Headquarters (GHQ) on Thursday.

The conference reviewed the prevailing geostrategic environment, the challenges to national security, and the armed forces’ strategy to counter the evolving threat. The forum also discussed the operational preparedness of the formations and the ongoing actions against illegal economic activities.

The corps commanders paid rich tribute to the martyrs of the armed forces, law enforcement agencies, and civilians, who sacrificed their lives for ensuring peace and stability in the country. They also offered prayers for the victims of the recent terrorist attack in Dera Ismail Khan, which claimed the lives of 13 security personnel and four civilians.

The forum expressed grave concern over the continued repression and human rights violations by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir, where innocent civilians are being abducted, tortured, and killed. The forum condemned these acts as crimes against humanity and reaffirmed Pakistan’s unwavering support for the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination in accordance with international law and U.N. resolutions.

The conference also expressed solidarity with the people of Palestine and denounced the Israeli aggression and war crimes in Gaza. The forum reiterated the government’s demand for an immediate ceasefire and a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

The forum also noted the serious threat posed by the terrorists of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other groups, who are operating from sanctuaries and enjoying liberty of action in a neighbouring country. The forum resolved to deal with all terrorists and their facilitators and abettors with the full might of the state.

The conference also appreciated the ongoing efforts to promote socioeconomic growth and encourage foreign investment under the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC). The forum pledged to continue to provide all-out support to relevant government institutions and law enforcement agencies to curb smuggling, money laundering, power theft, and hoarding of essential items.

The army chief stressed the need for maintaining operational excellence and high standards of motivation and training. He also appreciated the morale and professionalism of the troops and their readiness to defend the country against any threat.

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