Pakistan Army to provide complete security for General Elections 2018
RAWALPINDI – Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asif Ghafoor declared on Monday that Haqqani Network or any other militant group was not operating inside Pakistan.
Addressing a press conference at the General Head Quarters (GHQ), the official highlighted that a safe Afghanistan was in the interest of Pakistan but hastened to add that Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be mistaken for weakness.
Regarding the border clashes with India, the military’s spokesperson said that India targets civilian population in ceasefire violations.
” India has carried out 1,077 ceasefire violations since the start of 2018 to date. From 2013 till now, 48 people have been martyred due to unprovoked firing by India,” disclosed the official.
He continued that Pakistan wanted to honour the ceasefire truce but decried that Indian media misreported about violation from Pakistan’s side.
“Pakistan has always acted with responsibility and wants the implementation of the agreement reached between DGMOs,” shared the spokesperson.
He clarified that if India fires the first bullet and no harm is incurred, Pakistan will not respond but also warned that if India fires the second bullet, then Pakistan will give a befitting response.
The Pak Army spokesperson hailed the smooth transition from a democratically elected government to its successor.
“Pak Army is the happiest entity over the successful completion of democratic government,” he shared.
He expressed that it was the duty of Election Commission of Pakistan to conduct elections, however, added that the armed forces can provide services for providing security.
Major General Asif Ghafoor hailed the merger of the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, terming it a “great success”.
He said Pakistan wants respectable repatriation of Afghan refugees but added that there was no link of Fata-KP merger with the border fencing.
On the controversy of rallies staged by Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), Major General Ghafoor told the media that he himself met Manzoor Pashteen and Mohsin Dawar, who shared their concerns regarding the slain Naqeebullah Mehsud, missing persons and border check-post issues.
“The army assured them of resolving the issues and Mohsin Dawar sent a message of thanks as well,” he observed.
He remarked that despite assurances, a social media campaign started, and a topi (hat) made [outside] arrived in Pakistan.
The people who are not happy with the stability in Pakistan, if they join you and start praising you, then we have to see what is actually happening, the DG ISPR said.
He also shared that a PTM leader Ali Wazeer chanted anti-army slogans in Wana area.
What happened in Wana is that Ali Wazir chanted Anti-Army and Anti-Pakistan slogans, a Jirga was called by Aman committee and that went out of hands, as weapons came out, said the official and added that Army helis evacuated those who were injured.