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Army rules out holding any talks with ‘bunch of anarchists’

ISPR DG says these ‘anarchists’ should apologise to Pakistani nation from bottom of their hearts: May 9 perpetrators, plotters must be punished: Pakistan will ‘go to any extent’ to crush terrorism

By News Desk

May 7, 2024 02:17 PM


Pakistan will ‘go to any extent’ to crush terrorism, says Army

ISPR Director General Major-General Ahmad Sharif talks to newsmen.

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Without naming Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), the Pakistani Army has ruled out holding any talks with the “bunch of anarchists”, saying dialogue only suits political parties among themselves, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Addressing a news conference in Rawalpindi on Tuesday, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major-General Ahmed Sharif said the “bunch of anarchists” should apologize to the Pakistani nation from the bottom of their hearts. “All political parties and their representatives are equal in our eyes,” he added.

The military media wing’s spokesman further observed that talks benefit political parties, and not the institutions. “Democracy is threatened by non-democrats,” he added.

The ISPR DG elaborated that only eight percent of the total population voted for this particular party. “No one would benefit by involving the Army in the political matters,” he added.

Ahmed Sharif declared that the perpetrators and plotters of May 9 vandalism must be punished as per the Constitution as on that day an attempt was made to draw a wedge between the Army and the people.

“Are we waiting for another May 9? Questions will be raised about the justice system if those responsible for May 9 violence are not punished,” he added.

Responding to another question, the ISPR DG said “Firstly, May 9 is not just the Pakistan Army’s case but the entire country. If, in any country, an attack is launched on its army, symbols of its martyrs are insulted, its founder’s house is set on fire, hatred is created between its army and public, and if the people behind it are not brought to justice, then there is a question mark on that country’s justice system.”

“We believe that if we have to maintain trust in the justice system of Pakistan, then May 9 perpetrators and planners must be sentenced according to the Constitution and the law,” he said and added “Nothing is hidden about May 9. The public and the Army and we all have irrefutable evidence. All of us saw this incident unfolding, we all saw how everyone was brain-washed against the Army, its leadership, agencies, institutions through lies and propaganda.”

He said that on May 9, “some political leaders” issued orders to their supporters to selectively target military installations. “When this became public, another lies and propaganda was created that this was a “false-flag operation” and “we do not know what happened or who did it”.

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“For such people, it is said: ’you can fool all the people some of the times, some of the people all the times but you cannot fool all the people all the times. The question is: has this happened for the first time in the world? Incidents of lesser degree have been done in the past so what do other countries do?

“In August 2011, London riots took place, and after that the criminal court system came into action. They even punished children under the age of 18.

“In Capitol Hill riots (in the US) there was no judicial commission. The people were identified and sentenced strictly. On June 27, 2023, Paris riots happened and their judicial system immediately came into action. I have given the examples that our elite does not get tired of quoting, so that such an incident was not repeated, so that such cliques, with incitement and specific political and poisonous aims, do not get the chance to attack the state whenever they want.”

Pakistan will ‘go to any extent’ to crush terrorism

The DG ISPR said Pakistan will go “to any extent” to crush terrorism. He expressed reservations about the presence of safe terror havens inside Afghanistan.

Ahmed Sharif has said that Pakistan has been hosting Afghan refugees for a long time. “We will go to any extent to crush terrorism as we have reservations over the presence of safe terror havens in Afghanistan,” he added.

He said the plot that killed five Chinese engineers in an attack on a convoy in Bisham tehsil of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Shangla District on March 26 was hatched in Afghanistan. “A sad incident took place on March 2 in Bisham where a suicide-bomber targeted a car of Chinese engineers working on Dasu dam, as a result of which, five Chinese citizens and a Pakistani got killed. This suicide bombing also connects to across the border; the planning of this terrorism was done in Afghanistan. Terrorists and their facilitators were also being controlled from Afghanistan and the suicide-bomber was also an Afghan.”

Major-General Sharif Ahmed said the Army strongly condemned “this ugly game of terrorism” and is “taking all necessary actions to bring its facilitators to justice.”

He said that in the war on terrorism, Pakistan’s soldiers, workers and law enforcement agencies have been martyred in huge numbers. “Everyone knows that Pakistan tried its best for peace in region and especially in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s role has been the most vital for peace in the region. Pakistan has been hosting Afghan refugees for a long time and has helped Afghan refugees more than other country, which the world has also recognised.”

The ISPR DG said that despite all the efforts by Pakistan and despite pointing it out to the Afghan interim government on state level, “TTP terrorists are continuously committing acts of terrorism in Pakistan.”

He said that Pakistan presented “concrete evidence but no positive progress” can be seen yet. He said that links of recent terrorism “extend to terror hideouts in Afghanistan”.

He recalled that Pakistan had helped Afghanistan and reminded that one of the pledges made by the interim government in Kabul was to not let Afghan soil be used for any terror acts. “But there is concrete evidence that TTP terrorists are still using Afghan soil to launch attacks in Pakistan,” Gen Sharif said. “In this regard, the FO has registered 12 protests and the army chief has taken a clear stance that Pakistan has its reservations on hideouts of banned outfits in Afghanistan. Pakistan will leave no stone unturned to eradicate terror networks and provide protection to its citizens at all costs.”

The ISPR DG said that the purpose of the armed forces “is to establish peace in the country”. To ensure this, he said, “we will go to every extent to suppress the terrorists and their patrons and enablers.”

He said that terrorists and their enablers “have been busy in attempting to worsen” the law and order situation in KP and Balochistan. “In January 2024, BLA terrorists attacked Mach FC camp, which the security forces thwarted with bravery. In this attack, four soldiers, including two policemen embraced martyrdom while 24 terrorists were sent to hell,” he recalled.

On March 16, 2024, a South Waziristan checkpost was attacked, and as a result, seven soldiers, including Lt Colonel Kashif and Captain Ahmed, embraced martyrdom while six terrorists were sent to hell.”

In response, he said, Pakistan carried out counter attacks in Afghanistan’s border areas and targeted the safe havens of terrorists, in which eight terrorists were killed, who were involved in numerous terror acts in Pakistan.

He said that on March 25, another soldier embraced martyrdom in a terror attack in Turbat while four terrorists were eliminated.

He said that a terrorist named Habibullah s/o Khan Mohammad, who was captured in an intelligence-based operation in Balochistan’s Pishin district on April 23, admitted to committing terror acts in Pakistan.

The DG ISPR said that so far in 2024 the security forces have collectively conducted 13,135 small and major IBOs against terrorists and their facilitators, during which “249 terrorists were sent to hell while 396 were arrested”. “The Pak Army, police, intelligence agencies and other LEAs are carrying out more than 100 operations on a daily basis against terrorism.”

He said that during the operations in the ongoing year by Pakistani forcers, two of its officers and 60 soldiers have embraced martyrdom.

Repatriation of illegal Afghan nationals

The DG ISPR spoke about the drive to repatriate illegal Afghans back to their own country.

“The decision to send back foreign citizens residing in Pakistan illegally was made by the government of Pakistan in the larger benefit of the country,” he said.

“There was [added] burden on the country’s economy, while the law and order situation in the country was also deteriorating. In no country of the world, illegal immigrants are allowed to roam freely.

“So far, 563,639 illegal Afghan citizens have been returned to their countries, yet hundreds of thousands are still living in Pakistan.”

Threats from India are ‘multiple’

Regarding India, Sharif Ahmed said that the country’s top civil and army leadership was aware of “multiple threats” from India on the eastern border and that planning was underway to “divert attention from its internal violence like always”.

“In the current year, there have been multiple violations of ceasefire by India on a small scale, which include 120 incidents of speculative fire, 15 airspace violations and 59 technical air violations,” he said.

“The Indian army is targeting innocent citizens in AJK on LOC but the Pakistan Army has given a befitting response and will keep on doing so. We are ready to defend our sovereignty at all times and at all costs.”


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