Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor adressed a press conference in which he made shocking revelations about different matters. Lets have a look on some main points of the press conference;
PTM’s controversial funding
In his a long hour press conference, the spokesperson said that Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) had received funding from Afghan and Indian intelligence services. “What kind of revenge are you talking about? What kind of revenge do you want to take with the army? No one can fight the state. We are refraining from taking action because we are taking into consideration the people being provoked, otherwise it’s not difficult to deal with you,” he added.
The DG ISPR said he was the first one who engaged with the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement. “I was directed by the Army Chief to speak to the PTM and directed not to deal with them strictly.”
“We worked on their genuine demands. We cleared the un-exploded bombs from the area. We deployed 48 teams, as much as 45 per cent area was cleared of mines. We launched awareness campaigns to tell people which areas they shouldn’t visit because of the presence of un-exploded bombs,” he said. “We also suffered 101 casualties during the clear up operation.” Their third demand was about ‘missing persons’, with the DG ISPR stating that the legal commission had identified nearly 2,500 cases.
“It’s not their demand. The demand is of Pashtun brothers. The PTM leadership doesn’t even live there. The local people have genuine problems there.” Having commented on the three demands of the PTM, the DG ISPR then put the following questions to them and alleged that PTM received funds from Afghan security service, NDS and Indian spy agency, RAW.
Responding to a question he said that the party which is supporting PTM once called Rao Anwar their brave child.
Misconceptions About Second Captured IAF Pilot
“Two months have passed since and India has told countless lies on the matter. We have not responded to the lies, not because we can’t, but because we don’t want to retaliate”. “International media came to Pakistan, we told them that they should go to the place and see for themselves what had happened”.
“We downed two Indian planes in the process, the whole world saw their debris and you [India] still claimed that one of the two planes was ours and one of our own pilots died, as we had initially said that two Indian pilots had been captured, and then said that there was only one. You [India] said that we have changed our statement because one pilot was our own”.
“We got initial information through the proper channel, then on the ground, I personally found out that only one person had been captured and I sent out the correction myself. How is it that you are ready to accept one of our statement, not the other?” “We have not retaliated because we want peace […] we asked you [India] to ask America about our F-16s’ strength. In this day and age, hiding the downing of a plane is impossible. In this time, even if a motorcycle crashes the world finds out.
Govt to mainstream Madrasas
“25 million Pakistani children are not in schools. There are over 30,000 Madrasas in Pakistan and 2.5 million children receive an education here,” said the DG ISPR. “The government and support institutions have decided to mainstream all these Madrasas… Their curriculum will include contemporary subjects… These Madrasas will be under the Ministry of Education,” DG ISPR added.
‘Support for Kashmir runs in our veins’
Speaking on the Kashmir issue, Major General Ghafoor said that support for the Kashmiri people “runs in our veins.”
“It is in our veins to support our Kashmiri brethren in their (struggle for) independence.’ “There is a continuous struggle for supporting Kashmiris so they get their rights.” “If India is sincere for peace in the region, they should hold talks and resolve the Kashmir issue,” he added.
‘No organised terrorist infrastructure
Major General Asif Ghafoor once again made it clear that there is no organised terrorist infrastructure in Pkaistan.
“International powers wanted to force Pakistan to make policies according to their agendas.” “The concept of Hindutva in India in which Muslims have been targeted raises genuine concern for Pakistanis,” the DG ISPR said, attributing another reason for radicalisation.
“There have been 1,237 kinetic operations since 9/11. Near 100,000 IBOs have been conducted all across Pakistan. 17,531 terrorists have been killed. Near 450 tons of explosives have been recovered through operations and IBOs. Weapons were recovered and their training infrastructures were dismantled.”
“Today we can say with conviction, evidence and logic that there is no organised terrorist infrastructure present in Pakistan.”
Here is the complete press conference:
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24 August, 2019