Recent attacks on military sites are “intolerable,” says COAS Munir.
General Asim Munir, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), said on Monday that the recent attacks on military sites and memorials were “intolerable.” He also said that May 25 would be known as “Pakistan Martyrs Day” all over the country.
A press statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the army chief said these things at a ceremony to honor the dead held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.
During the ceremony, which was attended by a large number of senior military officers and the families of martyrs, Gen. Munir gave military honors to the officers and men of the Pakistan Army for their “bravery and outstanding service to the nation during operations.”
The military’s media arm reported that the COAS said, “Without a doubt, we live in a free environment because of the martyrs’ sense of duty and great sacrifices.”
“The sacrifices of martyrs and the services of ghazis are our most valuable asset and source of pride.”
Gen. Munir said that the Pakistan Army was a place that remembered everyone who worked there and their families. “Our relationship as a family is a proud and exemplary one,” he said.
He also said that every soldier and officer in the Pakistan Army put their tasks and responsibilities first, “regardless of regional, linguistic, and political biases and differences.”
“A strong army guarantees the security and unity of the country,” the COAS said. During the violence on May 9, he also said that it was “intolerable” that military sites and memorials had been attacked.
The ISPR also said that 51 kin of martyrs were given the military award Sitara-e-Imtiaz, and 22 officers and soldiers were given the Tamgha-e-Basalat. The United Nations Special Medal was given to two soldiers.
After May 9,
On May 9, Imran was arrested at the Islamabad High Court in the Al Qadir Trust case by the National Accountability Bureau with the help of the armed Rangers. This led to protests and acts of vandalism and violence all over the country.
After the incident, the military has made three comments about what happened on May 9. The first one called the day a “dark chapter” in the history of the country.
In its second statement, released earlier this month, the army said it “will not tolerate any further attempt to violate the sanctity and security of its installations or vandalism” and vowed to bring to justice all the “planners, aiders, instigators, and doers of [the] vandalism.”
In a more serious move, the top military leaders promised on May 16 to bring the people who set fire to the civilian and military buildings to justice by putting them on trial under the Pakistan Army Act and the Official Secrets Act.
At a special Corps Commanders Conference, where the decision was made, the “politically motivated and instigated incidents against military installations and public/private properties” were called out and condemned.
The National Security Committee, which is the highest forum for coordinating on security issues and is led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, met last week and reaffirmed that those involved in the violence on May 9 would be tried under army rules.
Most recently, the army said in a statement released over the weekend that the legal process of trying the planners, instigators, abettors, and perpetrators of the May 9 tragedy has begun under the Pakistan Army Act and the Official Secrets Act. These laws are already in place and are based on the constitution.