Civil society members staged a demonstration at Karachi’s Sea View on Saturday to show solidarity with the Pakistani military, days after Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers attacked military installations, including the Lahore Corps Commander House and the General Headquarters ( GHQ) in Rawalpindi.
More than 300 cars and nearly 1,000 people took part in the rally, which ran from Dolmen Mall to Sea View. The rally was led by Liaquat Medical and Dental College Vice President Dr. Ali Farhan.
Participants waved Pakistani flags and held up banners reading “we stand with the Pakistani army”.
They condemned the attacks and demanded action against those involved. They also put forward slogans in favor of the armed forces and law enforcement agencies.
The vandalism had come after PTI Chairman arrest of Imran Khan of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) building on May 9 in the Al-Qadir Trust case.
During the days-long violent protests, at least 10 people were killed and dozens more injured, with internet services interrupted for more than 72 hours.
In a fit of rage, PTI supporters looted and set fire to the Lahore Corps Commander House, also known as Jinnah House.
In a later released statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) May 9 called a “black day”.saying that a group of people – politically wrapped in their lust for power – have done untold damage to the country that not even Pakistan’s enemies have done since the beginning.
The ISPR called the PTI leaders “hypocrites” for inciting their workers against the armed forces on the one hand and praising the military on the other – trying to overshadow their criticism.
The attacks were also condemned by the ruling coalition and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif ordered that all those involved must be arrested within 72 hours. The government has also announced that it will pay Rs200,000 as a reward to those who provide information about the vandals.
Army Chief of Staff General Asim Munir today vowed to bring to justice all planners, accomplices, instigators and perpetrators of vandalism on the “Black Day”.
Meanwhile, PTI Chairman Khan has distanced himself from the attacks and called for an independent investigation to uncover the truth.
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