Indian media launches new campaign to malign Pakistan Army Chief

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Indian media launches new campaign to malign Pakistan Army Chief

ISLAMABAD - A leading Indian newspaper reported today that the Pakistan and Indian army chiefs have served “together in a UN Peacekeeping force in Congo a decade ago” and that General Bajwa used his previous connection to bring India on peace table.

Here’s what Hindustan Times report said, “Gen Bajwa, concerned about Pakistan’s international isolation and a faltering economy, quietly reached out to archrival India about resuming peace talks, but the response was tepid”. According to the newspaper, the outreach was directed at Gen Rawat. The two army chiefs served together in a UN Peacekeeping force in Congo a decade ago, that report added.”

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major-General Asif Ghafoor, refuted the report and said that the story was factually incorrect.

“Hindustan Times reports that COAS had approached Indian COAS for talks & that both had served together in Congo. The story is factually incorrect. COAS has neither approached Indian COAS nor has served with him in Congo.”

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Hindustan Times reports that COAS had approached Indian COAS for talks & that both had served together in Congo. Story is factually incorrect. COAS has neither approached Indian COAS nor has served with him in Congo. Decision for talks is prerogative of both the govts.@htTweets link 4,835 link 7:42 PM - Jan 24, 2019 link Twitter Ads info and privacy link

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DG ISPR further emphasized that the “decision for talks is prerogative of both the governments” and the army has no role in it.