Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Babar Iftikhar said on Saturday that Pakistan should be seen as a facilitator and not a guarantor in the Afghan peace process.
DG ISPR spoke to a private TV channel about Afghanistan and its future.
Major General Iftikhar said Indian investment in Afghanistan “seems to be sinking”.
“If India had invested in Afghanistan in good faith, it would not be disappointed today,” the DG ISPR said.
The head of the army’s media wing said that India’s aim was to harm Pakistan by stepping into Afghanistan.
He added that New Delhi was trying to tell the world that Pakistan was “the cause of the problems in Afghanistan”.
Maj. Gen. Iftikhar said India’s claims were untrue, adding that “the world knows that Pakistan has done its best to resolve the Afghan issue in the best possible way.”
‘Early withdrawal of US troops’
The DGP ISPR, who spoke at length about Pakistan’s response to Afghanistan and the situation there, also spoke about the role of the United States.
“The only expectation from the United States was a responsible withdrawal from Afghanistan,” the DG ISPR said. He explained that a responsible withdrawal meant a “proper transfer of authority” and regretted that the withdrawal of US forces was “delayed”.
The DG ISPR also responded to rumors circulating in the media at US bases in Pakistan. The DG ISPR said that the Pakistani government had made it clear that there was no question of giving bases to the United States because it was not needed.
“Border management should have been from Afghanistan as well.”
The head of the army’s media wing lamented the Afghan government’s failure to provide work on border management with Pakistan.
The DG ISPR said, “On the other hand, there should have been border management, but unfortunately this has not happened.” However, he assured the nation that Pakistan was determined that no one was allowed to use its territory against another country.
“We will not allow any unwanted people to enter the country,” he said.
Maj. Gen. Iftikhar said border management was needed because everyone knows that Daesh and the TTP are in Afghanistan and have occasionally tried to harm interests.
He assured everyone that security on the border with Afghanistan is much better today. He added that additional Frontier Corps wings have been formed to further enhance security at the border.
The DG ISPR said that 90% of the fencing on the Pak-Afghan border has been completed.
He also said that the Interior Ministry has made plans to deal with the influx of refugees in the event of escalating violence in Afghanistan.
‘Pakistan sincerely speaks of advancing Afghan peace process’
Major General Iftikhar said that Pakistan had sincerely talked about advancing the Afghan peace process as the then US President Donald Trump had announced the withdrawal of troops.
“Pakistan has no favorites in Afghanistan.
“What kind of government they seek and how they want to take Afghanistan forward is up to the Afghans,” the DG ISPR said.
He also assured everyone that if the Afghans reached this point, Pakistan would try to resolve the stalemate.
If Afghans are at a standstill, we are working to resolve it. But even we have our own limitations and we can only move things forward to a certain extent, ”said DG IPSR.
He added that international stakeholders know that Pakistan has made sincere efforts to resolve the Afghan conflict.
The Major General said Afghans have the ability to sit down and decide on the future of their country.
“The direction of things will be determined by the internal situation in Afghanistan.
“Such decisions cannot be forced to use guns,” he said. If that had happened, it would have happened in 20 years, “said Major General Iftikhar.
The DG ISPR warned that decisions would have to be taken through dialogue or the situation could escalate into a civil war. He added that the civil war would not benefit anyone and would only harm the entire region.
“All factions in Afghanistan are fed up with 40 years of violence,” he said.
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