ISI - NDS cooperation necessary for regional peace : DG ISPR

ISI - NDS cooperation necessary for regional peace : DG ISPR

RAWALPINDI: The Director General ISPR said the world needs to understand Pakistan's challenges as it had a long porous border with Afghanistan and it was humanly not possible to totally seal it.

To a question about handing over of Angoor Adda check post to Afghanistan, he said it was a Pakistani post inside Afghanistan territory and it was handed over back to Afghan officials after revelations of the facts.

The post was handed over after consultation with the government and all other stakeholders, he said adding not a single inch of Pakistani territory was given to Afghanistan.

He said he had evidence about network of Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) that it was working in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and those persons came through Torkham.

Indian intelligence agency RAW was also running a network of terrorists, he said adding there were hostile intelligence agencies and Pakistani agencies had foiled their many attempts and seriously dented their ability to plan and execute plots.

He said for the first time, a serving officer of RAW who was running a network in Pakistan, was arrested.

No intelligence agency would be allowed to operate and destabilize the country, he stressed.

DG ISPR terming China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a game changer, said the army was committed to protect the most valuable project and ensure its success.

Answering a question regarding the level of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, he said the present DG ISI went to Afghanistan before assuming office and Pakistan had always been showing sincerity in improving relations with Afghanistan.

Our army chief visited Kabul six times and met the Afghan President as part of efforts to help improve bilateral relations, he added.

When asked to comment on the peace process in Afghanistan through talks with Taliban, he said Quadrilateral Group comprising four countries had also been trying to resolve the issues in Afghanistan, however, efforts for peace were scuttled with the death of Mullah Omar.

He said that more meetings of ISI and DNS would be very important for establishing peace.

To a question, he said life in Swat had returned to normalcy, tourists were coming and numerous events were being held, economic indicators were improving in the area.

Now the army and the civil administration were rehabilitating the internally displaced persons, all of whom would return to their homes by the end of this year.

To a question, he said drone attack by United States was a sad and unfortunate development.

Pakistan condemned and showed concern over the drone attack and said that its bilateral relations could be affected and the act would undermine the peace process. US fired the drone unilaterally and it violated the sovereignty of Pakistan.

When his attention was drawn towards Pakistan's demand from the United States to target Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan, he said the result of the demand would only be visible after targeting of the target by the executor.

He said there were 3.5 million Afghan refugees living in 53 camps in Pakistan for the last 35 years and most of them were living outside the camps and Pakistan was in talks with international agencies for their dignified early return.

To a question, Lt Gen Bajwa said 102 cases of terrorists were decided in the military courts, adding 77 persons were awarded death sentences and 12 were executed.



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