DG ISPR’s Full Press Briefing – 28th December 2017

RAWALPINDI: Briefing media about latest developments with regard to the country’s security situation, Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Thursday said that Pakistan has done enough in war against terrorism and its time for Afghanistan alongside United States (US) to do more.

Addressing a press conference, he said the security forces took effective action against terrorists and they were made a run for it as result of the countrywide anti-terror operations.

“What else can we do,” he asked in possible response to calls for ‘do more’.

Dispelling a perception about Pak Army’s inaction against Haqqani Network, Ghafoor said the army took indiscriminate action against the terror outfit and it has no organised network in the country.

He said all terror networks in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) were dismantled as result of the army’s indiscriminate anti-terror operations.

 ‘No compromise on honour’

Coming on Pak-US relations, Maj Gen Ghafoor said Pakistan would not make any compromise on its honour after taking notices from the US.

Referring to US accusations, he said the global terror outfit ‘Al-Qaeda’ had not been defeated by the US,  if the country would have been supporting it.

“The title of coalition support fund itself annotates everything, its the fund received to support the coalition partners in Afghanistan waging war against terrorists,” the DG ISPR asserted.

On the occasion, he said Pakistan desires peace in Afghanistan like no other country does as the unrest in the neighbouring country has been affecting peace in Pakistan.

Denial of India media claims

He also denied Indian media claims of its army’s infiltrating into the country and conducted an operation in which three of Pakistani soldiers embraced martyrdom.

“No Indian soldier crossed over the Line of Control (LoC). Indian media claim is continuation of their self defeating projections to satisfy domestic audience,” Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor underlined.

Maj General Ghafoor said the sole purpose of this propaganda by India is to divert the attention from atrocities of Kashmiri people in its held Kashmir.

There were as many as 1,813 violations of ceasefire accord along the LoC which claimed around 52 lives

Anti-terror operations details

The DG ISPR shared the details of countrywide anti-terror operations. He said as many as 254 terror plots were averted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the figure in Balochistan stood 177, besides 28 such incidents in Sindh and 18 in Punjab.

He said 96 percent of internally displaced persons (IDPs) owing to the military operations have returned to their native areas in the tribal areas.

Army chief’s message

He also read out Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Bajwa’s message on the occasion.

The message called for national unity against anti-Pakistan forces joining hands together to destabilize the country. “We must unite to defeat the malicious designs of these forces,” he read.