Rawalpindi (October 5, 2017): The Military rejected the negative propaganda against it and said that it would be nation ‘s responsibility to negate it. He said that there are no terrorist safe havens in Pakistan.
Addressing press briefing the Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said that Pakistan’s armed forces, institutions and nation were the unprecedented in the world, therefore conspiracies against them being hatched to defame it worldwide.
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He mentioned that foreign agencies were trying to destabilize the Pakistan and they have Pakistan destruction plan.
Replying to a question over not issuance of declaration of corps conference, he said that “silence has its own language.”
Explaining the issue of Rangers deployment outside the accountability courts on Monday, he said that the Rangers fall under the Interior Ministry. Three wings of Rangers were requisitioned under Article 147. Once this happens, there is local coordination. This has been happening since 2014 and is refreshed every three months.”“Sometimes it happens that police ask the Rangers for assistance, and they take action. When the National Accountability Bureau had its first hearing, there was some trouble when the former prime minister was appearing. A letter was written to the Rangers, and there was some coordination in the night as well, so the Rangers reached the court at 7am,” he explained.
“If a soldier is doing his duty and is told not to allow irrelevant people… It is possible that someone who did not have a card was a relevant person, but Rangers personnel do not know. Even if the army chief does not have a card, he is informed by personnel that he is not allowed [to pass].”
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Responding to a question about the Milli Muslim League, the political wing of the Jamaatud Dawa, in polls, he said: “Every Pakistani has the right to participate in the polling process.”
Commenting over the severe violation of Indian forces, DG ISPR said that Pakistan would aggressively respond if Indian conducts air strike.
“Ceasefire violation in 2017 are larger than any other year before this, with 222 civilians killed along the Line of Control. But India has also paid a price with our response and we will continue to do so [respond] if it does not act with restraint.”
Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor conceded to there being threats at Pakistan’s borders, but said the important question was “whether the threat is because of a state or non-state actors” and what the country’s response to it is.“Pakistan is an indispensible reality,” he asserted. “When multiple interests collude, it is natural that it creates conflicts.”
“There has been war in Afghanistan for the past four decades. We fought with jihadis against the Soviet Union. We have fought well, as a nation, the war that entered our borders after 9/11,” he said.
Talking about terrorists organizations he said, “There are no organised bases of any terrorist organisations in the country anymore. On the ground, more than 50 per cent of Afghan territory is out of their [Kabul’s] control, which is also affecting Pakistan.”
“There is a strategic threat that exists on the western borders which forces us to keep our army at the borders, because of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and other such non-state actors.”
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He observed that Muharram processions were peaceful despite threats in Balochistan and Karachi. He also spoke of a Bohri community gathering in which 21,000 foreigners participated, including 12,000 Indian citizens.
He stated that security operations conducted in the border regions are not against the people, state or the armed forces of Iran or Afghanistan, but are against non-state actors.
“Our border also meets Iran. It is important to mention that our deployment is not against Iran or Afghanistan but against non-state actors.”
Referring to the eastern border with India, Maj Gen Ghafoor said the border is “unsafe because of India’s inappropriate reactions”.