‘Zero tolerance’ towards incidents like Sialkot, says Pakistan army

‘Zero tolerance’ towards incidents like Sialkot, says Pakistan army

People light oil lamps next to laid roses to express their condolences to the people of Sri Lanka, following the lynching of the Sri Lankan manager of a garment factory after an attack on the factory in Sialkot, in Karachi (reuters)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s top military brass on Wednesday expressed “zero tolerance” towards incidents like the ghastly lynching of the Sri Lankan national at the hands of an irate mob in Sialkot last week, underlining the need to eradicate forms of terrorism and extremism from the country.
In a grisly incident, a top Sri Lankan executive of a garment factory named Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana, 49, was lynched and his body burnt by angry supporters of a hardline Islamist party which attacked the facility in Pakistan’s Punjab province over blasphemy allegations.
The incident has sparked extensive condemnation from Sri Lankan and Pakistani leaders.
Pakistani authorities have booked over 800 people under terrorism charges while 13 chief suspects being among the 118 people arrested.
“Taking observe 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,” the Army statement said.
On Wednesday, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa presided over the 245th Corps Commanders’ Conference held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.
“The participants reviewed global, regional and domestic security milieu,” a statement by the Pakistan army’s media wing Inter-sets Press Relations said.
Referring to the brewing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, General Bajwa said continuous sustain and timely international humanitarian assistance is imperative for not only peace and wealth of Afghanistan but also for stability of the vicinity at large.
The COAS expressed satisfaction over security measures along the borders, emphasized on maintaining high vigil to guard against any threat, while adding that the objective evaluation of doctrine and training is necessary to evolve and meet emerging challenges in a technology-pushed future battlefield.
The Corps Commanders’ Conference is held every month to estimate the internal and external security threats and review the preparedness to deal with them.


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