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ISPR Condemns May 9 Riots, Vows Justice and National Unity

Describing May 9 as a dark day in the nation's history, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated that politically motivated individuals, influenced by misinformation, deliberately engaged in violence against state institutions and desecrated symbols of national heritage.

Pakistan’s armed forces, alongside the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) and service chiefs, issued a strong condemnation on Thursday against the criminal acts committed during the riots on May 9 last year. They pledged not to allow the perpetrators of these violent acts to evade justice.

Describing May 9 as a dark day in the nation’s history, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated that politically motivated individuals, influenced by misinformation, deliberately engaged in violence against state institutions and desecrated symbols of national heritage.

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Following the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan on that day last year, widespread protests and riots erupted across the country, particularly in military areas, resulting in damage to both public and private property, including military installations.

The ISPR emphasized that there would be no compromise with those responsible for planning, facilitating, and executing the events of May 9. It asserted that bringing these individuals to justice is crucial to prevent such incidents from recurring in the future.

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The military’s media wing highlighted the Armed Forces’ restraint in the face of orchestrated violence and their commitment to defending Pakistan’s sovereignty against both external and internal threats.

Reaffirming the special bond between the armed forces and the people of Pakistan, the ISPR expressed pride in the nation’s martyrs and their families, pledging to uphold their honor and dignity.

The statement concluded by urging the nation to unite against efforts to undermine Pakistan’s stability and prosperity, emphasizing solidarity with the slogan “Pakistan Armed Forces Zinda’bad, Pakistan Painda’bad.”