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“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.