Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Wednesday that Pakistan has strategic importance in the region of South Asia. The DG ISPR while addressing a press conference said that where he said that the international players have their vested interests in the region.
He said that Pakistan has played its part well in regional issues and fought valiantly against terrorism. Due to war on terror, Pakistan has faced innumerable loss of lives and to its economy, said Maj Gen Ghafoor.
On bilateral ties with India, the DG ISPR said that two nuclear powers do not have space for nuclear war, due to which India indirectly tried to cause damage to Pakistan. The DG ISPR said that since August 5, the occupied Kashmir is in a state of lockdown and even the opposition leaders in India couldn’t visit the disputed valley.
“I want to give this message to Kashmiris that we stand by you and will continue to do so. It is sad that your independence struggle was presented as terrorism,” he said. “Kashmir is our jugular vein and we will go to any lengths to protect it.”
“India is a country with a huge population, a follower of Hitler is in power [there]. The world community has interests in India. “Then there is China, an emerging world power. China has issues with India as well but their economic relations with India are stable. Afghanistan has seen nothing but war, martyrdom and loss of lives,” he added.
“In India, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Nazi ideology are in power. They endanger minorities including Muslims and Dalits,” he said, adding that the situation is such in India that there is no religious or social freedom there”.
He said that issue of occupied Kashmir is an internationally recognised matter, adding that India’s acts in the valley point towards its intention for a new war. Prime Minister Imran Khan had sincerely offered negotiation to India, he said, adding that Pakistan is a responsible state.
Kashmir is our jugular vein’
He said India has “indirectly continued to attack Pakistan”, an example of which he said was Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. “We are playing a role in the Afghan reconciliation process. If peace is established in Afghanistan, our troops deployed at the western border will probably be removed.
“Maybe India thinks that it should take action against us that would weaken us. We want to tell India that wars are not only fought with weapons and economy but with patriotism. “The Quaid-i-Azam’s vision and our belief is that Kashmir is our jugular vein.” He recalled that there are United Nations resolutions on the conflict in Kashmir.
“Recently Modi took an immoral step and repealed Article 370 of the Indian constitution. This is no longer a conflict of ideologies.” He said Pakistan has been fighting a hybrid war for the past 20 years and considering the conflict spectrum, Pakistan’s options of response revolved around the economy, diplomacy, finance, intelligence, etc.
“For the first time in 50 years, the UN Security Council held a session on Kashmir. The PM and the foreign minister have talked to several nations’ heads and foreign ministers. “Modi says he doesn’t want mediation. If you don’t want mediation, then what did you talk to [US President Donald] Trump about?” he said.
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