RAWALPINDI: The top brass of the Pakistan Army on Thursday vowed to provide necessary military assistance to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the upcoming general elections set to be staged on February 8, 2024.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated that the decision was made during the two-day 261st Corps Commanders’ Conference (CCC) — held at the General Headquarters. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir chaired the conference.
“Forum also noted that requisite and necessary support will also be extended to the Election Commission of Pakistan for forthcoming general elections,” ISPR said.
According to ISPR, the forum paid rich tribute to the supreme sacrifices of martyrs, including officers and men of the Armed Forces, Law Enforcement Agencies, and Citizens who sacrificed their lives to ensure peace and stability in the country. Participants also offered Fateha for the martyrs, including those of the DI Khan attack.
The forum reiterated the Pakistan Army’s resolve to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan against direct and indirect threats, ISPR added.
The Pakistan Army’s top brass expressed serious concern over continued repression and reprehensible human rights violations by Indian military forces in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The recent acts of abduction, torture, and killing of civilians by the Indian Army were unequivocally condemned by the participants, ISPR said.
“Such acts constitute grave crimes against humanity and cannot dampen the spirit of the brave Kashmiris who are struggling for their lawful right of self-determination. Pakistan would keep supporting its Kashmiri brethren with all political, moral and diplomatic support for resolution of Kashmir issue according to international law and relevant UNSC resolutions,” ISPR maintained.
According to ISPR, the forum was briefed on the prevalent geo-strategic environment, challenges to national security, and own strategy in response to evolving threat. The sanctuaries and liberty of action available to the terrorists of proscribed TTP and other groups of that ilk in a neighboring country and availability of the latest weapons to the terrorists were noted as serious points of concern impacting the security of Pakistan, ISPR stated.
The Army top brass resolved that all terrorists, their facilitators, and abettors, working on the behest of hostile forces to destabilize Pakistan, will be dealt with the full might of the state.
Pakistan Army Expresses Full Solidarity with People of Palestine
Pakistan Army expressed full solidarity with the people of Palestine and condemned serious human rights violations and war crimes being perpetrated in Gaza while reiterating the government’s stance of demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and a peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict, ISPR stated.
The forum reiterated its support for ongoing efforts to promote socioeconomic growth and encourage foreign investment under the umbrella of the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC).
The forum also took a holistic review of the ongoing actions being taken against smuggling, money laundering, power theft, and hoarding of essential items, amongst other illegal economic activities. Pakistan Army will continue to provide all-out support to relevant government institutions and LEAs to curb such crimes.
The forum was briefed on the operational preparedness of the formations. COAS stressed the need for continuously maintaining operational excellence in cognitive and physical realms and the pursuit of high standards of motivation and training.