Propaganda threatens state’s integrity, needs timely response: COAS

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has stressed that misinformation and propaganda threatened state’s integrity and required timely and unified response to effectively counter speculations and rumours.

He said this while visiting the Lahore Garrison over the weekend, military’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in a statement on Sunday.

The army chief maintained that the military drew its strength from people and any effort to create wedge between military and population will not be tolerated. “The hostile forces are trying this for a long time but they won’t succeed, Insha Allah,” he was quoted as saying as he interacted with garrison officers and veterans in two separate interactive sessions.

Chief of Army Staff (#COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Lahore Garrison over the weekend. On his arrival COAS was received by Corps Commander Lieutenant General Muhammad Abdul Aziz,@OfficialDGISPR #PakistanArmy #Pakistan #ISPR
— Pakistan Armed Forces 🇵🇰 (@PakistanFauj) April 17, 2022

Opon his arrival at the garrison, the COAS was received by Corps Commander Lieutenant General Muhammad Abdul Aziz.

During the visit, the army chief appreciated Lahore Corps for maintaining high standards of operational preparedness and training.

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The statement comes days after the country's top military brass took serious notice of the recent propaganda campaign by some quarters to malign Pakistan Army and create a division between the institution and society.

According to ISPR, General Qamar Bajwa on April 12 chaired the 79th Formation Commanders’ Conference held at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, where the forum expressed complete confidence in the leadership’s well-considered stance to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law at all costs.

The meeting took place two days after the joint opposition ousted former prime minister Imran Khan through a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly. The opposition managed to bag 174 votes, two more than requirement, in the 342-strong house. Imran had claimed that there was a foreign conspiracy for regime change in Pakistan.

According to ISPR, Gen Qamar also visited Combined Military Hospital Lahore (CMH) today and inquired about the well-being of Major Haris, who was manhandled and injured in a road rage incident recently.

#COAS visited Combined Military Hospital #Lahore & inquired about health of Major Haris who was manhandled in a road rage incident

“Law will take its course.Perpetrators, who are under arrest, will be brought to justice. No one can be allowed to take law into their hands”#ISPR
— Pakistan Armed Forces 🇵🇰 (@PakistanFauj) April 17, 2022

The COAS said that law will take its course, adding that perpetrators, who are under arrest, will be brought to justice. “No one can be allowed to take law into their hands,” the COAS assured the injured officer.

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Last week, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Khwaja Salman Rafique and Hafiz Nauman were arrested by Punjab Police after they offered voluntary arrests following an incident allegedly involving their security guards.

The security personnel of the political leaders were reported to have beaten up and tortured an army official.

The two Punjab Assembly members were arrested when they went to the Garden Town police station to join the investigation of the case lodged against four suspected attackers and offered arrest in the case.

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