Pak Army vows
zero tolerance lynching,
extremism and terrorism

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s top military forum on Wednesday discussed the mob lynching of a Sri Lankan national in the country’s northeastern Sialkot city on blasphemy allegation, affirming a “zero tolerance” policy in such cases.

Priyantha Kumara worked as a manager at a garment factory in Pakistan’s Punjab province where he was attacked and killed by a Muslim mob that publicly burned his body over what police said were accusations of desecrating religious posters.

The incident led to widespread soul searching in the country, with Prime Minister Imran Khan saying his administration would not spare anyone who resorted to violence in the name of religion, especially in the name of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH).

RAWALPINDI: COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa presiding the two days 245th Corps Commanders’ Conference at GHQ on Wednesday.

Reporting the proceedings of the recent corps commanders’ conference, the military’s media wing, ISPR, said: “Taking note of the heinous lynching incident in Sialkot, [the] forum unequivocally affirmed zero tolerance for such elements so as to eradicate extremism and terrorism from the country.”

Pakistan’s top military brass also reviewed the global, regional and domestic security environment while expressing satisfaction at the defense arrangements along the country’s frontiers.

Addressing the gathering, the army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, also focused on Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis. “Continuous support and timely international humanitarian assistance is imperative for not only peace and prosperity of Afghanistan but also for stability of the region at large,” he maintained.

Expressing satisfaction over ongoing training activities in the army, Bajwa said objective evaluation of doctrine and training was necessary to evolve and meet emerging challenges in a technology driven future battlefield.

The two days 245th Corps Commanders’ Conference chaired by General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) held at GHQ. The participants reviewed global, regional and domestic security milieu. Expressing satisfaction over security measures along the borders, COAS emphasised on maintaining high vigil to guard against any threat. Referring to the brewing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, COAS said continuous support and timely international humanitarian assistance is imperative for not only peace and prosperity of Afghanistan but also for stability of the region at large.  

Expressing satisfaction over ongoing training activities in the Army, COAS said objective evaluation of doctrine and training is necessary to evolve and meet emerging challenges in a technology driven future battle field. 

Taking note of the heinous lynching incident in Sialkot, forum unequivocally affirmed zero tolerance for such elements so as to eradicate extremism and terrorism from the country.

During the two-day huddle, the commanders reviewed the global, regional and domestic security milieu, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.

During the conference, the army chief expressed satisfaction over security measures taken along the borders, and emphasised maintaining a “high vigil to guard against any threat”, according to the ISPR.

Referring to the “brewing humanitarian crisis” in Afghanistan, Gen Bajwa said continuous support and timely international humanitarian assistance were imperative for Afghanistan’s peace and prosperity as well as the stability of the region at large.

Expressing satisfaction over ongoing training activities in the army, the army chief said an “objective evaluation of doctrine and training is necessary to evolve and meet emerging challenges in a technology-driven future battlefield”, the ISPR said.