No one will be allowed to sabotage elections: Military top brass

ISLAMABAD (PEN) : The 262nd Corps Commanders’ Conference (CCC) presided over by General Syed Asim Munir, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) on Wednesday unanimously agreed to expose India’s blatant violation of international laws and its true intentions to the world.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), during the conference, tributes were paid to the supreme sacrifices made by the Shuhadas, including officers, soldiers of the Armed Forces, law enforcement agencies, and citizens who have laid down their lives to ensure peace and stability in the country.

The Forum resolved that terrorists, their facilitators and abettors, working on behest of hostile forces to destabilise Pakistan, will be dealt with full might of the state.

The COAS stated that Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are sacrosanct and inviolable. While Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence with all states, however, there will be no compromise over country’s sovereignty, national honour and aspirations of Pakistani people.

The conference also discussed India’s campaign of extraterritorial and extrajudicial killings, which perpetuates state-sponsored terrorism and targets Pakistani citizens. The forum unanimously agreed to expose India’s blatant violation of international laws and its true intentions to the world. The international community has already expressed serious concerns over the criminal behaviour of India and its use of state apparatus for killing spree around the world.

Additionally, the forum reiterated unequivocal support for Palestine and the people of Gaza while noting the extremely negative fallout of the conflict and the potential to spill over in the wider region. The immediate need for a permanent ceasefire and enduring solution to the Palestinian question was unanimously recognised. Similarly, Pakistan reiterated its commitment to supporting the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) in their quest for self-determination, in accordance with relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

Furthermore, the conference also discussed deployment of Pakistan Army to assist Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in the peaceful conduct of General Elections 2024. Pakistan Army will perform assigned duties as per the Constitutional mandate, under the guidelines of ECP. No one would be allowed to indulge in violence in the name of political activity and sabotage the quintessential democratic exercise of conduct of free and fair elections.

The conference acknowledged and appreciated the steps taken against spectrum of illegal activities and criminal mafias including smuggling, hoarding, money laundering, power theft and illegal aliens. The participants emphasised that such actions and their positive impact on the economy and well-being of the people need to continue without any let up.

The forum was briefed on operational preparedness of the formations. COAS asked formation commanders to continue their focus on the training, administration and morale of the soldiers.