‘They should come up with evidence,’ Army responds to Nawaz allegations
Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Thursday that ceasfire violations by India at the Line of Control (LoC) had increased in 2017.
“52 civilians were martyred and over 200 injured,” Major General Ghafoor said during a briefing to the press.
He added that India doesn’t want that Pakistan wins this war against terrorism successfully.
DG ISPR said that Pakistan has deployed personnel along its border with Afghanistan with personnel presence approximately every 1.5-2 kilometres.
Maj General Ghafoor added that the “US needs to check anti-Pakistan role not only from inside Afghanistan but along the line of control and working boundary.”
“Whatever we are doing and we will do is solely for the people of Pakistan. The aid we received (from the US), was reimbursement for the support we gave to the coalition for its fight against Al Qaeda, had we not supported the US and Afghanistan, they would never have been able to defeat Al Qaeda,” he added.
“There are no facilitators in Pakistan and we have gone a long way to support peace in the region,” Major Ghafoor said, reiterating Pakistan’s stance on the US’s repetitive demand for the country to “do more”.
Discussing the measures taken by Pakistan against for the elimination of terrorist elements form the region, Ghafoor said, “We have started the construction of forts and posts on the Afghan border, for effective border management, what more does the US and Afghanistan want from us?”
He added, “It is time that Afghanistan and the US do more for Pakistan.”
“No country is more interested in Afghan peace than us, as we know that peace there means peace in Pakistan,” the DG ISPR said while adding that the US needs to check India’s role in the Afghan region.
“No amount of coercion can work, it is only trust based cooperation that can bring enduring peace to the region,” he said
“What kind of friends are we that we are being given notices (by the US)?” he said adding that while the Pakistan army is works with its friends, it cannot compromise on its respect.
Going back to Indian claims of infiltration into Pakistan’s territory, Maj Ghafoor said, “We would like for it to be known to all adventure seekers that when it comes to the state of Pakistan, we are all one nation.”