Pakistani military says ‘propaganda campaign’ launched to slander armed forces

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Pakistan’s military claimed on Tuesday that there had been a “recent propaganda campaign” by some quarters to slander the country’s military.

This statement was released after the 79th Formation Commanders Conference held at Rawalpindi Headquarters.



The high-level meeting brought together the country’s army corps commanders, senior staff officers and Pakistan Army Chief of Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

“The forum has taken note of the recent propaganda campaign carried out by certain circles to slander [the] the Pakistani army and create a division between the institution and society,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

The Pakistani military’s media wing has noted that the nation’s national security is sacrosanct. “The Pakistani military has always stood by the institutions of the state to protect it and will always do so, without any compromise,” the ISPR said.

“The Pakistan Army is aware of its responsibilities and will continue to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan against all internal and external threats under all circumstances,” Pakistan Army Chief Bajwa said as quoted by Geo News. .

It comes days after ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ slogans were shouted at a rally addressed by Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Sheikh Rashid Ahmed in Punjab province against the ousting of ‘Imran Khan as Prime Minister. These slogans were apparently aimed at the country’s army.

Thousands of people gathered in Lal Haveli in the Pakistani province of Punjab against the ousting of Imran Khan. During the protest, crowds called the army “Chowkidar” and called them “thieves” who were “stealing” Imran Khan’s mandate.

However, in a viral video, Sheikh Rashid, the former interior minister, was seen trying to stop protesters from brandishing the slogan against the country’s military. “Don’t shout slogans…we will fight in peace,” he said.

Social media trends in Pakistan also observed the snapping of the Pakistani military.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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