No violence in Name of Politics will be Tolerated, Army Chief Tells Corps Commanders

The Pakistan Army has reiterated its commitment to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to facilitate the conduct of free and fair elections on February 8.

According to a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the 262nd Corps Commanders’ Conference was held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Wednesday, under the chairmanship of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir.

The conference reviewed the security situation in the country and the region, and discussed the deployment of the Pakistan Army to assist the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in ensuring a peaceful and transparent electoral process.

The army’s top brass resolved that no one would be allowed to indulge in violence in the name of political activity and sabotage the democratic exercise of electing the representatives of the people.

The statement came amid a spate of attacks on candidates and election rallies, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, which have hampered the election campaign and raised security concerns for more than 128 million voters and contestants.

The forum paid rich tribute to the supreme sacrifices of the martyrs, including officers and men of the armed forces, law enforcement agencies and the citizens, who have laid down their lives to ensure peace and stability in the country.

It also vowed to deal with the terrorists, their facilitators and abettors, who are working at the behest of hostile forces to destabilise Pakistan, with the full might of the state.

The COAS stated that Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence with all states, but there would never be any compromise over the country’s sovereignty, national honour and aspirations of the Pakistani people.

The corps commanders were briefed on the nefarious Indian campaign of extra-territorial and extra-judicial killings, perpetrating state-sponsored terrorism and targeting Pakistani citizens.

The forum agreed that the blatant violation of international laws by India and its real face should be exposed to the world. It noted that the international community has already shown serious concerns over the criminal behaviour of India and its use of state apparatus for killing sprees around the world.

The forum reiterated its unequivocal support for Palestine and the people of Gaza, while noting the extremely negative fallout of the conflict and the potential to spill over into the wider region. It stressed the immediate need for a permanent ceasefire and an enduring solution to the Palestinian question, in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

In the same vein, Pakistan’s resolve to support the people of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) for their right to self-determination was reaffirmed. The forum said that Pakistan would continue to morally, politically and diplomatically support the Kashmiri brothers and sisters till justice is served.

The conference also discussed the professional matters of the army and expressed satisfaction over the operational preparedness and morale of the troops.

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