ISLAMABAD - Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor made it loud and clear that any action by United States would invoke a response as per aspirations of the people of Pakistan.

In a brief comment on the recent tirade triggered by the US president’s tweet against Pakistan, the ISPR DG said that Pakistan had taken actions against Haqqani Network and the effects of the action would be visible in due course.

Later talking to a private television channel, Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor said that Washington should realise that the misunderstandings between Pakistan and United States could negatively affect the security situation in the region, particularly in Afghanistan.

Making it clear that Pakistan would never compromise on its prestige and integrity, the ISPR DG underlined the close relationship between US and Pakistan in the international pursuits against terrorism.

The ISPR chief also pointed towards the Indian background of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. “US should find out the elements which are aiming at deteriorating the US-Pakistan cooperation,” he said.

Ghafoor said the new US policy for the region mentions that India would be provided with a lead role in security issues.

“We don’t need a security guarantee from anyone. We are a responsible nation and will continue our role in establishing peace in the region.”

The US has to realise that there is a context to our relations with India and we have unresolved issues,” he said. “It would be impossible to establish peace in the region without resolving these issues,” Ghafoor said.

He further said that Pakistan has actively cooperated with the coalition forces in Afghanistan and the efforts should be enhanced to bring peace in Afghanistan.

The ISPR chief maintained that India played a very negative role in connection with bringing peace in Afghanistan as well as the region. He alleged that India used the Afghan soil against Pakistan and supported terrorism in the country, which is evident from the arrest of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Meanwhile, in another development, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited North Waziristan Agency (NWA).

The COAS laid floral wreath at Shuhada Monument in Miranshah. General officer commanding Miranshah gave detailed briefing about security situation, rehabilitation of TDPs and progress on socio-economic development projects in the agency.

The COAS also visited newly-constructed border forts and fencing along Pak-Afghan border. Gen Bajwa appreciated efforts of the formation for speedy and quality work for border security measures.

Commander Peshawar Corps Lieutenant General Khalid Nazir Butt was present during the visit.

General Bajwa also visited home of Muhammad Ali Khan at Gharh Khel, Karak. Mr Ali has 8 sons; three of them lance naik Khurshid FC KP, naib subedar Umer Daraz FC KP and havaldar Sher Daraz Pak Army, have laid their lives for motherland in various operations.

Three are presently serving in FC KP and Pak Army while two live with them at home. Besides his own sons, his two nephews sepoy Hazrat Ali and sepoy Lal Marjan both army soldiers have also sacrificed their lives for the country while four nephews are presently serving in Army. The COAS paid rich tributes to the proud family for their great sacrifices and said, “Till the times we have such great parents and such brave sons no threat can deter Pakistan.” Gen Bajwa said, “No amount of care can return the value of their patriotism and sacrifices which is leading us to a peaceful and stable Pakistan.”

Muhammad Ali Khan and his family thanked the COAS for visiting the family and announcing special welfare package (in addition to the martyrdom entitlement) for them and the village.