India does not want Pakistan to succeed in terror war: DG ISPR


RAWALPINDI, : Director General Inter-Services
Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor has
said that India does not want Pakistan to succeed in the
war against terrorism and had increased ceasefire
violations across the Line of Control (LoC) in 2017.
“Fifty-two civilians were martyred and 254 injured [in
the 1,813 violations],” Maj Gen Ghafoor said during a
briefing to the press on Thursday.
The military spokesman said India had falsely claimed on
December 25 that their soldiers had entered Pakistan and
killed our soldiers. Maj Gen Ghafoor stressed this was
propaganda being created by India for their audience to
divert focus from the effective struggle they were facing
for Kashmir’s freedom.
“While our political, diplomatic and moral support
continues and will continue for just struggle of our
Kashmir brothers, you cannot lure us into unprofessional
undertakings to reinforce your beaten narrative of our
physical interference in occupied Kashmir.”
Maj General Ghafoor added the “US needs to check India’s
anti-Pakistan role not only from inside Afghanistan but
along the line of control and working boundary.”
According to Major General Ghafoor, only engagement based
on trust and cooperation will take us forward not
coercion. “We have done enough and cannot do more for
anyone except Pakistan”, said the DG ISPR.
According to the army’s spokesperson, there is no
organized structure of any terror outfit any more in
Pakistan. He added if there are any facilitators of
terrorists in Pakistan, the issue can only be addressed
by sending back the Afghan refugees. He was of the view
that Afghan cooperation was needed for that.
He said that the army has begun fencing of the border
with Afghanistan while additional FC wings are also
operational. “What else can we do?” he asked. “It is time
for the United States and Afghanistan to do more instead
of asking Pakistan to do more.”
He said the US should check on the anti-Pakistan Indian
role not only through Afghanistan but also carried out
through ceasefire violations on part of India.
Ghafoor said, “We are not fighting the war on terror for
money, adding that we can work with friends but can’t
compromise on our self-respect and honor. “No amount of
coercion can work.”
“Pakistan is a responsible state,” he said. “India
earlier staged the surgical strikes drama.” He said India
had been spreading false propaganda and Pakistan will not
react to such false lies anymore.
Regarding Balochistan, he said the army had been making
concerted efforts for peace. “We have been working for
peace in Balochistan but due to terrorism it could not be
done to the extent that was needed,” he added.
He said the army had initiated a “Khush-Haal Balochistan”
programme, whose aim is to provide socio-economic
opportunities to the Baloch people. He identified four
objectives of the programmes asEnhancing development work
in Balochistan; provision of security by the armed
forces; handling terrorist and handling nationalists
working on foreign agenda.
The army spokesperson also talked about Karachi and the
ongoing operation. “As compared to 2013, Karachi is much
peaceful now and law and order has improved,” he said.
He added that terrorist incidents, targeted killings and
kidnappings have reduced in the city. According to him,
street crime will reduce when the police act effectively.
“Coordination of Rangers and police needs to be further
improved,” he said.
Talking about relations with Iran, he said the country
has agreed to fence the border on their part as well. “As
for the Shia people who go to Iran for ziarat, we have
had discussions with Iran for facilities for them and how
border routes can be opened for them,” he said.
Talking about Operation Raddul Fasaad, he said that
numerous intelligence-based operations (IPOs) were
carried out across the country. He said IPOs’ details are
not shared with media but their number is huge.
“Thousands of IPOs have been carried out and have yielded
results,” he added.
Furthermore, he said 96 percent of internally displaced
people (IDPs) have been rehabilitated after successful
operations. “The remaining 4 percent perhaps don’t want
to go back,” he maintained.