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'No One Allowed To Disrespect...': Pakistan Army Chief's Warning To Imran Khan Supporters

'No One Allowed To Disrespect...': Pakistan Army Chief's Warning To Imran Khan Supporters

Following Imran Khan's arrest by the Rapid Response Force outside the Islamabad High Court, PTI supporters took to the streets across the country and attacked military properties, including the Army headquarters in Rawalpindi.

Supporters of Pakistans former Prime Minister Imran Khan
Supporters of Pakistans former Prime Minister Imran Khan Photo: AP/Anjum Naveed

Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir has warned supporters of former Pakistan Prime Minister against the “planned and orchestrated tragic incidents” of May 9, when the Army headquarters was attacked, saying it will not be allowed again at any cost, Pakistan media reported.

"No one will be allowed to disrespect our 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," the Pakistan army chief said during his visit to Sialkot Garrison.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supremo and former Pakistan PM, Imran Khan enjoys a massive following. Following his arrest by the Rapid Response Force outside the Islamabad High Court, PTI supporters took to the streets across the country and attacked state properties.

On May 9, violent protests erupted as his party workers clashed with police forces and vandalised a dozen military installations, including the Jinnah House (Lahore Corps Commander house), Mianwali airbase and the ISI building in Faisalabad. The Army headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi was also attacked by the mob for the first time.

General Munir reassured the ranks and files that all those “responsible for bringing shame to the nation on Black Day of 9th May would certainly be brought to justice”. He appreciated under-command formations for their hard work, high morale and professionalism.

During his interaction with officers and troops, he stressed maintaining focus on the army's professionalism and preparedness to deal with complex internal and external security challenges including propaganda warfare.

The top military brass has also vowed to bring the arsonists, who attacked the civil and military installations, to justice through trial under relevant laws of the country, including the Pakistan Army Act and Official Secrets Act.

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