Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Wednesday (March 6) During an interview with CNN said that Pakistan’s release of Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman as a gesture of peace, it is up to India whether they take that peace gesture and move forward towards de-escalation or continue the agenda that they have.
“Well I would say close to war because when they [India] violated the airspace they took an aggression, we went for response.” “There is presence of troops at the Line of Control (LoC) for decades. But post the Indian aggression and our response the safeguards have been taken by both side,” DG ISPR said. “We feel that now the ball is in the Indian court. Should they decide to escalate more the situation will go bad,” Major General Ghafoor asserted.
When asked about Indian claims regarding the Balakot air strike he said “Their [Indian] claims are false and I believe lately there is an announcement on their side also that they cannot claim any casualty.” “Anybody who operates from Pakistan, we feel, that is not in the interest of Pakistan. Instead of blaming Pakistan, it is time that the world should assist and facilitate Pakistan in getting rid of such organisations,” he continued.
When asked about why the Pulwama attack he saidx “The world has to see what is forcing the Kashmiri youth to go towards violence. So instead of looking towards framed allegation for this incident, India also has to look inward as to why these incidents are happening. We have to move towards a resolution of Kashmir because this issue Kashmir is a flashpoint for peace in the region.”
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17 November, 2019