Speaking on the Afghan border on Saturday, Maj. Gen. Babar Iftikhar, director general of inter-services public relations, said “all illegal crossings have been sealed” and the deployment of troops at notification points has been increased.
Major General Iftikhar’s remarks came during a conversation with a private television news channel.
“Pakistan’s peace depends heavily on peace in Afghanistan,” the DG ISPR said.
“As long as Afghanistan is peaceful and stable, it doesn’t matter who is in power in Kabul,” he said.
A spokesman for the army’s media wing said that “due to the situation in Afghanistan, there is a danger of terrorist sleeper cells being reactivated.”
He said the Pakistani military was “keeping a close eye on the situation in the region” and was “taking its role very seriously” for the successful outcome of the Afghan peace process.
“Pakistan has left no stone unturned for the peace process,” he said, adding that the country was “not a guarantor”.
“Ultimately, it is up to Afghans to decide how to proceed,” the DG ISPR said.
He said that when it comes to peace in Afghanistan, Pakistan has “the biggest stake”.
Major General Iftikhar said the country had “fought a long and trying war on terror with exemplary success”.
“Very effective measures have been taken in line with the vision of (Army Chief) General Bajwa,” he said.
There are leaders of terrorist networks in Afghanistan
Discussing the recent unrest in Pakistan, he said it was “linked to the situation on the other side”.
He lauded the army’s continued success in various counter-terrorism operations, saying it was because of them that “terrorists do not have an organized structure in Pakistan”.
“The leaders of such terrorist networks are all in Afghanistan,” Major General Iftikhar said.
He said such terrorist networks have the backing of the Indian intelligence agency, RAW, and the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s national intelligence and security service.
An army spokesman added, “Recent events have shown our frustration.”
Anti-terrorism operation in KP, Balochistan
Major General Iftikhar said that there have been 150 incidents of terrorism in KP and Balochistan and security forces have conducted 7,500 operations in the tribal districts and Balochistan.
“So far 42 terrorists have been killed in these operations,” he said, adding that “many of our own young men and officers have been martyred and wounded.”
The DG ISPR said that the Pakistan Army was “always ready for full pressure from enemy elements”.
He vowed that the armed forces “will never allow the enemies of peace and prosperity to succeed.”
“Our operations are in full swing and the terrorists are fleeing,” he said.
‘The war on terror was fought with the cooperation of the nation’
For the past 20 years, the war on terror has been fought “with the support of the nation,” an army spokesman said.
“Pakistan has lost billions of dollars in the war on terror,” he said.
Major General Iftikhar revealed that the Armed Forces had liberated an area of 46,000 square kilometers from the grip of terrorists.
“Across Pakistan, about 18,000 terrorists were killed,” he said. “No-go areas” are over, he added.
He said that all this was possible only under the vision of “corruption”, while making it clear that the use of force is the only bias of the state.
Major General Iftikhar said that various countries and institutions have recognized Pakistan’s key role in eradicating terrorism.
Talking about the construction of border fence between Afghanistan and Pakistan, he said that all fences from Pakistan would also benefit Afghanistan.
“The army chief has called the Afghan fence a fence of peace. It will not divide anyone,” said Maj. Gen. Iftikhar.
“Rather, it will promote peace and end misunderstandings,” he said.
The spokesman said, “Afghans working to destabilize Pakistan operate from the soil,” adding: “We will not allow our soil to be used against anyone and we do not expect anyone else to use our soil against us Use. “
India’s ‘huge’ influence in Afghanistan
Major General Iftikhar also spoke of India’s hand in Afghanistan, saying it had a “huge” impact on the country.
“India has invested billions of dollars in Afghanistan to build a strong foundation, which has hurt Pakistan,” the DG ISPR said.
He said Pakistan had evidence of India’s role in Afghanistan and a dossier was shared with the international community in November.
“The dossier shows how India uses intelligence agencies in Afghanistan to reactivate anti-Pakistan organizations like the TTP,” the general said.
There were 62 banned TTP camps in Afghanistan, he said.
“The signals from India are very clear: they are disappointed,” said Major General Iftikhar.
The DG ISPR said that India’s influence in Afghanistan would not last long.
He said that India was the biggest loser in the peace process in Afghanistan.
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