RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Pakistan army on Thursday said armed forces of Pakistan had been and would continue to work with friends but they would never compromise on Country’s prestige and honour.
“Pakistan’s security will be ensure at all costs,” the Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said while briefing the media in Rawalpindi over the matters of national security.
In reference to US and Indian claims of unilateral action against Pakistan, Major General Asif Ghafoor said the armed forces were fully prepared to meet any eventuality.
The director general ISPR said armed forces wanted just support and solidarity of the nation to thwart any designs against the Country. He said notwithstanding any temporary domestic differences, the entire nation was one when it came to the security of the motherland.
Major General Asif Ghafoor said what kind of friend or ally Pakistan was that it was being served notices. He said armed forces of Pakistan wanted to cooperate with friends but they would never compromise on Country’s dignity and honour.
“We have done enough and cannot do more for anyone except Pakistan,” he stressed.
The DG ISPR said Pakistan didn’t want to indulge in any conflict with friends but it would always ensure it security.
The director general reiterated that no terrorist network existed in Pakistan now. He said following the launch of Zarb-e-Azb, Pakistan took indiscriminate actions against terrorists of all hue and colour; therefore, the US’s accusations that Pakistan didn’t take action against Haqqani Network was very much irrelevant.
Major General Asif Ghafoor also rejected the unfounded claims of the United States and Afghanistan regarding presence of any terrorist safe haven in Pakistan. He said if there were any facilitators and abettors inside Pakistan that could only be addressed if 2.7 million Afghan refugees still living in Pakistan were sent back.
Talking about the ceasefire violations at the Line of Control (LoC), the DG ISPR said there had been a surge in Indian provocations in 2017, and its border forces had constantly been violating the ceasefire agreement between the two Countries. He said India wanted Pakistan’s focus on war on terrorism to be diverted.
The director general ISPR also briefed the media about “Khushal Balochistan Program”, and said projects worth Rs 60 billion were being planned under the program.
The DG ISPR said “Khushal Balochistan Program” consisted of four points which included; acceleration of the development projects in Balochistan, ensuring security for those projects, launching operations against terrorists, and separating estranged Baloch nationalists from being used under foreign agenda.