ISLAMABAD: Giving details about ceasefire violations by India, Major Gen Asif Ghafoor said during 2016, the adversary had committed 382 violations along Line of Control (LoC).
During the first three months of 2017, he said, India had committed 215 ceasefire violations due to which four civilians embraced martyrdom and 24 others sustained injuries.
Referring to the trend of increasing ceasefire violations by India, he pointed out that the same were aimed at deflecting the world attention from the worsening situation in held Kashmir.
He told a questioner that the Field General Court Martial had awarded death sentence to Indian RAW agent/naval officer Commander Kulbhushan Jhadav following all the codal procedures and on the basis of material evidences against the culprit.
On the ongoing demographic process, he said the first phase of census was completed in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan while in some blocks of FATA and Azad Kashmir, the exercise would be completed soon.
He said data collected from the census would help in profiling and identifying foreign nationals. Such a system was being developed, which would go a long way to help the departments concerned to upgrade and maintain national database.
Paying tribute to the martyrs of attack on a census team in Lahore, the ISPR DG said, "We will always remember their sacrifices."
"Such an attack will not deter us from carrying out national responsibilities and the census process will be completed at all costs."
Releasing data on the performance of military courts, he said 274 terrorists were convicted, of which 161 were awarded death sentence and the rest were handed down rigorous imprisonment of various terms.
During the operation RUF, he said 11 executions had been carried out while 14 others would be carried out within next few days.
Praising the role of media especially during the anti- terrorist operations, he said those, who were doing evil, now wanted to join the mainstream.
He said militants from different organisations had realized that conditions in Pakistan had changed and they also realized that they were doing something wrong.
He said coordination between institutions was improving on the National Action Plan and it would be more better in future.
In response to a question, Major Gen Asif Ghafoor said the international community acknowledged the significant contributions of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.
He said no country in the world has fought terrorism as was done by Pakistan. "Conditions in Pakistan make it evident that we countered terrorism effectively."
He said youth of Pakistan belonged to everybody and everyone, including parents, had to play their role and keep an eye on their children.
Responding to a question, he said Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was a physical threat but ISIS was targetting minds of the youth with the Internet technology.
He urged the media to run awareness campaigns to keep the youth away from militant outfits.
To a question about DawnLeaks, he referred to the Interior Minister's announcement that the report would be made public in three to four days.
He said according to the terms of board of inquiry, there was no mention of building consensus. Those responsible for DawnLeaks would be dealt according to law, he added.
To another question, he said the RUF was an operation for maintaining peace and it had nothing to do with politics. (APP)