LAHORE – Top government officials including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif opposed sloganeering against Pakistan Army at the recently held Asma Jahangir conference.
Clips of some of the participants targeting the country’s armed forces for terrorism drew condemnation and sparked outrage on social media. Manzoor Pashteen’s supporters can be seen chanting slogans against the army in an attempt to provoke people against forces.
As the outrageous clips went viral, PM Shehbaz Sharif condemned anti-army sloganeering, calling it unfortunate that such forums were being used to target the armed forces.
The premier reiterated that the ruling alliance is firmly committed to ensuring the freedom of expression however lamented that the conference was used for partisan political interests.
Using forums like Asma Jahangir Conference for sloganeering against the army was unfortunate, he said adding that our forces are sacrificing their lives to save Pakistan from internal and external threats.
He also called on the masses to be more responsible in public.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, several PML-N ministers, and even PTI leaders also condemned the incident.
Manzoor Pashteen booked under terrorism charges
Pashtun Tahafuz Movement chief and controversial leader Manzoor Pashteen was booked under sections of terrorism for slamming army generals during his speech at the Asma Jahangir Conference.
During his speech, the human rights activist named blantantly institutions behind the killings of people in tribal regions.
After Manzoor's hate-mongering speech, a complaint was filed against him for attempting to create resistance amongst the public against the armed forces.
Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 3, 2024 (Sunday).
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.
Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.
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