Lieutenant general among 3 officers dismissed over May 9 incidents: DG ISPR

Lieutenant general among 3 officers dismissed over May 9 incidents: DG ISPR

Rawalpindi (Web Desk): Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Ahmad Sharif Chaudhry has categorically stated that neither May 9th tragedy can be forgotten in the history of Pakistan nor its perpetrators, facilitators and abettors can be pardoned.

Addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi on Saturday, he said that those involved in May 9 incident, irrespective of their affiliation with any institution, political party or group will be punished according to the law and the constitution.

The DG ISPR said that Pakistan Army is in unison in the decision making and the armed forces of Pakistan and military leadership is cognizant of the elements, facilitators, plotter associated with the May 9 tragedy and also of their hidden agenda.

Maj Gen Ahmad Sharif Chaudhry said that those who would create hurdles in taking the process of accountability to its logical end would be dealt with iron hands with the support of Pakistani nation.

"The military has completed the process of self-accountability and two departmental inquiries, headed by the officers of Major General Rank, were initiated to probe into the violent incidents that took place in different garrisons on May 9" the DG ISPR said.

He said that keeping in view the recommendations of that detailed and deliberated inquiry, it was decided to take stern action against those who failed to protect the security and sanctity of General Headquarters (GHQ), different Garrisons, Lahore Corps Commander House (Jinnah House) and the military installations.

"Three top level officers of Pakistan Army including a Lieutenant General have been dismissed from the services, while a strict action has also been taken against 15 officers including three Major Generals, and Seven Brigadiers," Maj Gen Chaudhry said.

He said that the process of self-accountability is completed without any discrimination in Pakistan Army.

"As of now, a granddaughter of a retired four-star general, son-in-law of a retired four-star star general, wife of a retired three-star general, and wife and son-in-law of a retired two-star general are facing this process of accountability on the basis of irrefutable evidence," the DG ISPR said.

He said the standing military courts, already established under the Army Act are functional and so far trial of 102 miscreants are underway.

Maj Gen Chaudhry said that May 9 tragedy was a major conspiracy against Pakistan, whose plot was being hatched for thebpast several months.

"Under that plot, a narrative based on lies and exaggeration, was built internally and externally," he said, adding that many gathered many evidences and also collecting more evidences.

“The violent incidents of May 9 have proven that what enemies couldn’t do in 76 years, a bunch of miscreants and their facilitators did,” the DG ISPR said, highlighting that the incident was “undoubtedly a conspiracy against Pakistan,” DGISPR said.

Maj Gen Chaudhry said the anti-state forces tried their best to create rift and spread distrust between the armed forces and the people of Pakistan, but they were defeated in their nefarious designs.

The armed forces rendered matchless sacrifices for the nation in the past and will never hesitate to do so in the future.

He categorically stated that armed froes of Pakistan represent all units, and sections of society instead of any particular elite and it cannot be separated from the masses.

Responding to query, the DG ISPR said the May 9 incidents did not take place immediately, but it was planned to target military installations and to incite the Army for response to it.

He said women were used as shield to attack on their own army, but the Armed Forces foiled the conspiracy by not responding to it.