Legal Process Of Rioters Trial Under Army Act Commenced: COAS

Legal Process Of Rioters Trial Under Army Act Commenced: COAS
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Asim Munir has said that the legal action against May 9 rioters has begun, days after the carnage following PTI chairman's arrest.

“[The] legal process of trial against planners, instigators, abettors and perpetrators involved in May 9 tragedy has commenced under the Pakistan Army Act and Official Secrets Act as per existing and established legal procedures derived from the Constitution of Pakistan,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) quoted Gen Asim as saying.

The military’s media affairs wing said that the COAS shared this information while addressing garrison officers and soldiers at the Corps Headquarters in Lahore.

According to ISPR, the COAS emphasised that the "army draws its strength from people and any effort to drive a wedge between the army and the people of Pakistan is an act against the state which is neither tolerable nor condonable under any circumstances”.

“Hostile and inimical forces and their abettors have been trying hard to create confusion through fake news and propaganda but all such designs of the enemy will be defeated with the support of the nation,” Gen Asim maintained.

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On Monday (May 15), the Corps Commanders agreed that those involved in the May 9 attacks on security installations will be tried under the Pakistan Army Act and Official Secrets Act.

The were briefed that per irrefutable evidence collected so far, armed forces are aware of the planners, instigators, abettors, and perpetrators of the attacks, and attempts to create distortions are absolutely futile.

The forum was briefed that a coordinated plan involving desecration of martyrs' pictures, monuments, burning down of historical buildings and vandalism of military installations was executed to malign the institution and provoke it towards giving an impulsive reaction.

Corps Commanders condemned, in the strongest possible sense, the politically motivated and instigated incidents against military installations and public, private properties.

They communicated the anguish and sentiments of the rank and file of the army on these unacceptable incidents.