KARACHI: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) director general Major General Asif Ghafoor has said that not every fundamentalist is a terrorist, as “I am also a fundamentalist.”
“Western countries and Indians are also fundamentalists,” he told students of the University of Karachi during a visit to the campus on Thursday. “Not every terrorist relates himself with fundamentalism,” he said.
“If I’m someone who wants everyone to view the world through my perspective, then I’ll not be called a fundamentalist but an extremist,” he explained during an interaction. “If I force others to agree to my ideologies, then I’d be called as the one who is prone to violence or terrorism,” he said.
“I do not have to prove to the world that I am a Muslim; it is between me and Almighty Allah,” he said. In order to be Muslims, “we don’t have to chant slogans, but prove through our deeds what we believe in,” he said. “If we adhere to the principles of Islam, the world will recognise Pakistan as an Islamic country.”
The ISPR director general stressed that Pakistan was one of the most beautiful creations of the Almighty and it was valued the most geographically as well. “When someone wants the destruction of a country, then it targets its security forces first.”
He termed it fortunate to be able to visit the campus, saying he was surprised to notice the number of women students being relatively higher than men. “It was said that Soviet Union’s arrival in Afghanistan posed a threat to Islam,” he said.
“The Soviet Union was ousted with the assistance of the US,” he said. However, he added that the US launched an attack on Afghanistan following 9/11. “When those fighting the US did not find refuge in Afghanistan, they entered Pakistan,” he also said.