‘Baseless speculations’: DG ISPR on experiences of take care of Nawaz Sharif

DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar addresses press conference in Rawalpindi. Screengrab
DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar addresses press convention in Rawalpindi. Screengrab

RAWALPINDI: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Babar Iftikhar Wednesday rejected experiences of a take care of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and termed these as “baseless speculations.

Addressing a media briefing, the military spokesperson said that such reports are baseless and no truth in these.

“Whoever speaks on the matter please ask from where they are getting such reports,” he responded when requested to touch upon the matter.

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“Who is negotiating with Nawaz Sharif? What are the motives behind the deal with Nawaz Sharif? What is the evidence?”

He additionally dispelled the notion of the civil-military rift.

“There is no problem in civil-military relations. In the evening talk shows, it is said that the establishment did this and that. Keep establishment out of this.”

‘Talks with Taliban are on hold’

Major General Babar Iftikhar mentioned that the talks with the Pakistani Taliban are on maintain and the ceasefire with the militant organisation ended on December 9.

Giving background on the talks, the navy spokesperson mentioned that the talks with the TTP had been held on the request of the interim Afghan authorities.

“After the ceasefire, anti-terror operations are continuing with full force.”

“The Taliban government told us that they would bring them [TTP] to the table and make them accept what Pakistan wants. However, there were some demands from the militants that were non-negotiable.”

The Taliban authorities was informed to not enable the usage of Afghan’s soil towards Pakistan.

Arms race in area

Briefing media on points pertaining to Pakistan’s japanese and western borders, landmark achievements of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, Maj Gen Iftikhar mentioned that beneath the ceasefire settlement reached with India in February final yr, the Line of Control (LoC) “remained peaceful throughout the year”.

“The biggest dividend is that the people who live in the area, have seen a definite improvement in their daily lives,” he added.

“But alongside this, the false accusations and the propaganda by the Indian management that has continued factors in the direction of a selected political agenda,” the DG ISPR added.

Maj Gen Iftikhar said the fundamental purpose of this is to draw away the attention of the international community from the “systematic demographic modifications” India is implementing in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

India has endangered the entire region’s security with its “endless sequence of defence procurement”, he said, adding that this will not only shift the balance of traditional warfare, but will lead to an arms race in the region.

The DG ISPR noted that India was on a path of religious extremism, which the whole world is aware of now.

Reacting to the false Indian propaganda about infiltration, the military’s spokesperson said that India had made a mockery of itself by the allegations as it raised questions regarding their own security mechanism and the anti-infiltration grid at the LoC.

“Recently, the Indian military staged a pretend encounter in Kirin sector which is in entrance of Neelum Valley, and within the identify of countering infiltration, they martyred an harmless Kashmiri, after which blamed Pakistan for it,” he said.

Maj Gen Iftikhar said that the photos circulated by Indian media of the alleged terrorist named Shabbir, is not only alive but is present at home in the Azad Kashmir area of Sharda.

In Kashmir, the worst siege in human history has been going on since August 2019, he noted.

But now, voices have begun to reverberate throughout India, occupied Kashmir and the entire world that Indian armed forces are targeting innocent Kashmiris in the name of counter-terrorism and are trying to illegally crush their completely legitimate and indigenous freedom struggle, Maj Gen Iftikhar said.

‘Findings of The Russell Tribunal on Kashmir are eye opening’

Speaking of The Russell Tribunal on Kashmir, which was held in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina, between December 17-19, 2021, he said that its findings are “eye-opening”.

He said that 15 international judges and experts took part in the tribunal, which focused on four areas, namely genocide, decolonisation, secular colonialism and war crimes against Kashmiris.

The DG ISPR went on to say that the participants made special mention of reports by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch which recorded instances of human rights violations by India and how Indian armed forces have been waging a military, political, economic, social, and cultural war against Kashmiris, and how they are violating the Geneva Convention and other international laws.

Maj Gen Iftikhar said today, January 5, marks an important day, as it was on this day in 1949 that the people of Kashmir were promised the right to self-determination by the United Nations.

“That promise stays unfulfilled,” he said, adding: “We salute the eternal battle, and their unparalleled sacrifices and braveness of the Kashmiri individuals.”

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