Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir on Wednesday said the Pakistan Armed Forces would 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 May 9.
According to a press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief made the remarks during a visit to the Sialkot Garrison today, where he was received by Commander Gujranwala Corps.
The military’s media wing said that the COAS, upon arrival, laid floral wreaths at the Martyrs’ Monument and paid rich tribute to the shuhada who sacrificed their lives for the pride, honour and dignity of the nation.
“The martyrs have been promised the highest abode in the life hereafter and shall continue to maintain the highest levels of respect amongst the people of Pakistan.
“The State of Pakistan and Armed Forces will always maintain all Shuhada and their families in very high esteem and continue to honour them and their supreme sacrifices with utmost respect and dignity,” the ISPR statement quoted the army chief as saying.
Gen Munir further stated that no one would be allowed to disrespect the martyrs and their monuments. “They are a source of inspiration and pride for the rank and file of the armed forces, law enforcement agencies, government officials and the people of Pakistan.”
He underscored that the recently planned and orchestrated tragic incidents would never be allowed again at any cost.
The army chief also appreciated the under command formations for their hard work, devotion, high morale and professionalism.
“During his interaction with officers and troops, COAS stressed upon maintaining focus on the army’s professionalism and preparedness to deal with complex internal and external security challenges including propaganda warfare,” the ISPR added.