In­dia big­gest threat ...

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Pak­istan’s per­spec­tive and morally sup­port Pak­istan.

“The mil­i­tary crack­down is wor­thy of all the ef­forts. We have elim­i­nated the ter­ror­ists from the area, and the peo­ple are very pleased with our ef­forts,” the DG main­tained.

Dur­ing the in­ter­view, Asim Ba­jwa also spoke about Pak­istan’s ties with In­dia and said that his coun­try’s de­fence mech­a­nism was ‘In­dia-spe­cific’. This, he said, was due to the fact that In­dia posed the big­gest threat to Pak­istan’s se­cu­rity.

Asim Ba­jwa also said that de­vel­op­ments were go­ing on to en­gage In­dia, how­ever, the long­stand­ing is­sue of Kash­mir was the cause of ten­sion be­tween both nu­clear armed na­tions of the sub-con­ti­nent.

The DG ISPR said the killing of for­mer Afghan Tal­iban chief Mul­lah Akhtar Man­sour in an Amer­i­can drone strike in May was “re­gret­table” as it has up­set the Afghan rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process. “[Man­sour] en­tered into Pak­istan from another state and then he was traced and at­tacked. He was a part of the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process and was re­quired to play his role for peace.”

“Pak­istan was not in­formed de­spite be­ing an ally. This is the is­sue Pak­istan has been protest­ing,” he added. Ba­jwa also dis­missed claims of an in­creas­ingly vis­i­ble gap be­tween the civil­ian gov­ern­ment and the army, say­ing, “democ­racy has been strength­en­ing in Pak­istan and it has been re­ceiv­ing all pos­si­ble sup­port from the mil­i­tary.”

“Con­sul­ta­tions are made on all ma­jor is­sues of na­tional se­cu­rity and when­ever called, the army sup­ports the civil­ian gov­ern­ment on var­i­ous is­sues, rang­ing from nat­u­ral dis­as­ters to devel­op­ment works,” he said.

To a ques­tion he said, a soldier in a war­zone can­not dis­crim­i­nate among the ter­ror­ists and who be­longs to which group. There were ter­ror­ists from the Haqqani Net­work, ETIM, IMU, Al Qaeda and TTP, there were Pak­ista­nis and Afghans and other nationals, and we fought against all of them. “And at the time the global com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing the United States, had ad­mit­ted that the op­er­a­tion was be­ing car­ried out across the board and ef­fec­tively,” Gen­eral said.

To nother ques­tion he said, Afghanistan is a brotherly coun­try of Pak­istan. Cur­rently the two coun­tries have some is­sues over ex­change of fire at Torkham on the is­sue of in­stal­la­tion of gates on the bor­der, but there is di­a­logue hap­pen­ing. Bor­der man­age­ment is es­sen­tial for both coun­tries, with­out which there can­not be peace nei­ther in Afghanistan nor in Pak­istan, the DG said.

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