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DG ISPR: May 9 perpetrators, facilitators will have to be punished as per Constitution, law

In Rawalpindi, Major General Ahmed Sharif Chaudhry of the Inter-Services Public Relations reiterated the imperative for punishing both perpetrators and facilitators of the May 9 riots in accordance with the Constitution and the country’s legal framework.

He emphasized the importance of upholding credibility and trust in the nation’s justice system.

“The May 9 riots concern not just the Pakistan Army but the entire nation,” stated the military’s spokesperson during a press conference.

Regarding the possibility of dialogue with any faction, Maj Gen Chaudhry asserted, “There will be no discussions with political leaders or groups that attack their own army and propagate against them.”

He further emphasized, “Dialogue cannot be entertained with anarchic groups,” stressing that the only viable path for such factions is a sincere apology, cessation of hate-driven politics, and embracing constructive political engagement.

“Dialogue is reserved for political parties, not institutions,” emphasized the army’s spokesperson.

Addressing the issue of terrorism, the ISPR representative highlighted the “undeniable evidence” indicating Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) utilizing Afghanistan as a base against Pakistan.

Addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi, Major General Chaudhry affirmed, “There is undeniable proof of the TTP utilizing Afghan territory, and recent terrorist activities can be directly linked to Afghanistan.”

Reiterating Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to counter-terrorism efforts, Maj Gen Chaudhry declared that every possible measure would be taken to eradicate the terrorist network. He emphasized that security forces would spare no effort in combating terrorists, with the primary goal of maintaining law and order within the country.

“The army chief has unequivocally stated that there is no place for terrorists in Pakistan,” asserted the general, assuring that rigorous steps are being taken to ensure that perpetrators face justice.

Regarding the issue of Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan, the military spokesperson stated, “Despite Pakistan’s ongoing battle against terrorism, millions of Afghans remain in the country, and our efforts in aiding Afghan refugees have been acknowledged globally.” He disclosed that over 563,000 Afghans have been repatriated thus far.

Highlighting the challenges posed by Afghan citizens to Pakistan’s law and order, the DG ISPR emphasized, “The presence of militants has contributed to deteriorating security in Balochistan, but the army stands firm as a bulwark against such elements.”

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