Islamabad: On the eve of Second Anniversary of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, DG-ISPR Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa addressed a press conference on Wednesday in which he shared the details of successes of Pakistan army against terrorists and role of hostile Intelligence agencies to destabilize Pakistan.
The DG ISPR said that during the two years of operation Zarb-e-Azb 500 Pakistan Army troopers lost their lives while over 3000 terrorists were killed including 900 Lashkar-e-Islam militants besides Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and others. An area of 3600 kilometer square was cleared from terrorists. This included Datta Khel, Alora Mandi and Shawal Valley. Army and the civil administration were rehabilitating the internally displaced persons (IDP’s) and all of them would return to their homes by the end of this year.
Role of RAW and NDS
Talking about the Indian and Afghan Intelligence’s agencies interference in pakistan, Asim Saleem Bajwa said both Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and National Directorate of Security (NDS) have recruited local people. We have evidence about network of NDS that was working in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Several people of the Afghan Intelligence network were arrested by Pakistani security agencies, Bajwa said.
When asked whether Indian RAW is also involve in Pakistan he replied yes for the first time a serving officer of Indian Intelligence RAW who was running a network in Pakistan has been arrested. We have foiled their nefarious designs and we will not allow any hostile foreign Intelligence Network to destabilize Pakistan, ISPR Head added.
CPEC and Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG)
Answering a question about CPEC DG ISPR termed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a game changer and said Pakistan Army was committed and ensured Chinese leadership that Pakistan will not left any stone un turned to protect the most valuable project whom will be benefited by not only china and Pakistan but whole region. Pakistan Army seeks completion of CPEC and is capable of providing security services as per promised to Chinese.
Commenting on the future of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States on Afghan Peace and reconciliation process Asim Saleem Bajwa said we fully support the efforts of peace in Afghanistan however efforts of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) has been scuttled with the death of Afghan Taliban supreme commander Mulla Akhtar Mansoor.
Pakistan&United States Relations
To a question about the Pak U.S. relations after the drone attack by United States in which Afghan Taliban supreme commander Mulla Akhtar Mansoor was killed ISPR Head replied it was an sad and unfortunate development and soon we will tell the nation where from that drone strike launched.
Asim Saleem Bajwa said US fired the drone unilaterally and it violated the sovereignty of Pakistan which we have condemned and showed concern over the drone attack in recent interactions with the high level delegation of United States.
When his attention was drawn towards Pakistan’s Army Chief Generl Raheel Sharif demand from the United States visiting delegation to target Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mullah Fazlullah in Afghanistan, he replied that the result of the demand would only be visible after targeting of the target.
Cease Fire on Torkham
Finally cease fire was brokered at Torkam, Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Hazrat Omar Zakhelwal palyed a vital role to bring peace on Pakistan & Afghanistan border. The decision in this regard was taken jointly by the Pakistan Army and the government. Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lt General Asim Saleem Bajwa confirmed during the press conference.
Lt General Asim Saleem Bajwa said that the people were crossing over the border to carry out acts of terrorism and Pakistan had many evidence to prove the fact. He said that all the 14 terrorists behind the Badaber Base attack had slipped in to Pakistan from Afghanistan and stayed in a nearby locality prior to launching the attack.
On the firing by Afghan soldiers at under construction Torkham border post, he said, Pakistani troops effectively responded according to the set procedure. A Pakistani major, Ali Jawad, was martyred and 19 others were injured in the incident, quoted by The News. Pakistani border authorities started construction work on the border gate at Torkham late on Wednesday after a ceasefire.
Clarification about Angoor Adda controversy
A controversy was develop in May between Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Armed forces when Pakistan Army had handed over a purpose-built crossing facility at Angoor Adda to Afghan forces, then DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa, tweeted that the gesture will act as a catalyst for establishing peace and stability along the Pak-Afghan border.
Responding to the development Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has expressed reservations over the handover of a purpose-built border crossing facility in South Waziristan Agency to Afghan authorities. Interior Minister also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif saying all constitutional and legal procedures set for such decisions have been violated blatantly.
Clarifying the Angoor Adda check post to Afghanistan, DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said it was a Pakistani post inside Afghanistan territory and it was handed over back to Afghan officials after revelations of the facts. The post was handed over after consultation with the government and all other stakeholders, he said adding not a single inch of Pakistani territory was given to Afghanistan.
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