Pakistan’s DG ISPR Admits Initial Claim Of ” Two Indian Pilots ” In Custody Was Error On His Part
Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Monday asserted that there is no organised terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan. Briefing the media regarding the recent tensions between India and Pakistan and other security matters, the military spokesman said, “We can say with evidence that now there is no organised terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan.””We share intelligence with 70 countries,” he informed, as he lamented that over 81,000 Pakistanis were martyred or injured in the war against terrorism.
“This is the cost we paid for this cooperation,” he said.The spokesman noted that radicalisation took root in Pakistan due to the impact of the Afghan jihad and the Iranian revolution.”After 9/11, international powers wanted to pressure Pakistan to devise policies according to their will,” he said. “Terrorism came to Pakistan when international forces started the operation in Afghanistan. Since 9/11, Pakistan conducted kinetic operations against terrorist organisations.”
The DG ISPR said it was decided on January 1 this year as to how to mainstream proscribed organisations. “But there was an issue of finances. In February, when this was announced for the first time in Pakistan’s history funds were allotted for this.
“To control welfare of these organisations, the government has made a mechanism to bring their hospitals [etc] under the government’s supervision,” he added. Pointing out that over 25 million children in Pakistan are not in school, the military spokesman said there are over 30,000 madrasas in Pakistan since 1980s and over two million children receive education in these madrassas.
“Of these madrassas, less than 100 would divert students towards militancy,” he said. The military spokesman said the government has decided to mainstream all these madrassas.
“Their curriculum will include contemporary subjects. These madrassas will be under the Ministry of Education.””In the first phase, a bill will be prepared,” he elaborated. “In the second phase, the syllabus will be made and teachers posted. In the third phase, mainstreaming will take place.” “At the start Rs2 billion [will be] required, and then Rs1 billion annually,” he added.
‘India telling one lie after another’
On the recent border tensions with India, Major General Ghafoor said the neighbouring country was continuing to spew lies. “Since the last two months India has been continuing to lie. As a responsible country we have not responded to their lies. Lies have to be repeated again and again. Truth only needs to be spoken once,” he said.
“The truth is that there was an incident in Pulwama. Attacks on the police in Pulwama have happened before. There was no damage at our end in Balakot. We took local and foreign media there to show them [the truth].
“We will facilitate Indian media if they choose to come to Balakot to see the truth,” the DG ISPR offered. “When there is a war you receive reports from the ground. When I was to come for the press conference, I tweeted based on reports that there were two pilots. After the news conference, reports were cleared and there was one pilot as the reports received were from two different spots.
“We are waiting for the appropriate time to honour our pilots who downed the Indian planes,” he said. “India has not said what happened in Pakistan’s counter-strike. Who was at the brigade headquarters when Pakistan conducted the strike?” the DG ISPR questioned.
“On 28th [February] when India was preparing to fire missiles, what happened at the Line of Control that night? How many gun positions did you have to change?”