Pak-Afghan border fence ‘to maintain individuals secure, not divide them,’ says DG ISPR


As the yr 2021 got here to a detailed, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Babar Iftikhar on Wednesday gave an summary of the yr 2021 at a press convention.

The objective of the presser was to make clear the measures taken in mild of the modifications within the nationwide safety area owing to the present regional state of affairs, safety from exterior threats, and particularly take into consideration the assorted measures taken as a part of Operation Raddul Fasaad.

During the press convention, Gen Iftikhar talked in regards to the safety state of affairs alongside the border with Afghanistan, particularly the border fencing. The ISPR chief mentioned that the aim of erecting the fence alongside the border was to offer safety to individuals alongside the border, not create divisions amongst them.

The military spokesperson added that the fence alongside the border was a necessity of the hour to control commerce, motion and supply safety alongside the border. He added that the fence was not meant to divide individuals alongside the border however to make them secure.

According to the ISPR DG, the fencing work alongside the Pak-Afghan border is almost accomplished whereas over 71 per cent of the work on fencing has been accomplished alongside the Pak-Iran border.

“The blood of our martyrs is involved in erecting this fence. Peace will prevail and God willing it will last,” he added.

Speaking about border crossings, he mentioned individuals from border areas can travel through border terminals and designated crossing factors, including that this technique will likely be made efficient over time.

‘Challenging safety state of affairs’

Gen Iftikhar mentioned the safety state of affairs on the western border remained difficult and added that the Western Border Management, particularly the Pakistan-Afghan border, has its personal strategic dynamics which are being addressed on related boards.

The military spokesperson mentioned an operation was performed in North Waziristan to make sure the writ of the state alongside the Pak-Afghan border. As a results of the operation, the fencing of the border within the space additionally obtained underway, he mentioned, including that the terrain – that was inaccessible on account of hostile climate – was being utilized by terrorists to cross the border.

Gen Iftikhar mentioned the withdrawal of overseas forces from Afghanistan in August had an impression on Pakistan’s safety state of affairs. “But we are completely focused and the work started under Western Border Management Regime will be taken to its logical end,” he added.

He mentioned there was full coordination on each side of the Pak-Afghan border, including that to stop spoilers, these area-specific incidents wanted to be resolved with endurance.

According to the ISPR DG, Pakistan has greater than 1,200 border posts alongside the Pak-Afghan border whereas there are 377 posts on the opposite facet of the border. “This means that there is a distance of at least 7-8 km between check posts,” he mentioned, including that the scarcity of posts has made it difficult to maintain the militants in test.

In 2021, 164 forts had been constructed alongside the Pak-Afghan border and 31 forts had been established alongside the Pak-Iran border, including that thus far a complete of 673 forts/border posts have been constructed.

“Pakistan has set up 67 new wings for FC Balochistan and FC KP to strengthen border security while the formation of six more wings is in the process,” he added.

He mentioned measures have been taken to curb smuggling via Torkham, Kharlachi, Ghulam Khan, Angor Ada, Badini and Chaman border terminals.

Speaking about Afghanistan, the present state of affairs in Afghanistan may result in a severe humanitarian disaster that may have a direct impression on the safety and security of Pakistan and the area.

Operation Raddul Fasaad

Speaking in regards to the operation, Gen Iftikhar mentioned the operation was completely different from different operations because it was not area-specific or military-specific.

At least 60,000 IBOs had been performed below Raddul Fasaad. The measures taken by the safety forces busted terrorist networks throughout the nation, he added.

Over 800 safety alerts had been issued through the yr that managed to thwart terrorism incidents by 70 per cent, the ISPR chief added.

No ceasefire with TTP
The ISPR chief additionally spoke in regards to the talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He mentioned the dialogue with the banned outfit is suspended and the navy operations in opposition to them are persevering with.

The ceasefire with the militant outfit ended on December 9, he mentioned, including that the initiative was confidence-building measures taken by Pakistan on the request of the Afghanistan authorities led by the Afghan Taliban.

The DG mentioned the TTP was dropped at the desk by the Afghan Taliban as there was a “condition for the interim Afghan government that the TTP should not be operating from the Afghan soil” in opposition to Pakistan.

The Afghan Taliban mentioned they’d deliver them to the desk and make them settle for what Pakistan needed, he mentioned, including, “Obviously, those external conditions were yet to be settled.”

According to the ISPR DG, there have been inside variations within the TTP, including that there have been some issues within the negotiations. “Some of the conditions were non-negotiable from our side so there is no ceasefire,” he mentioned, including that the operations will proceed until the eradication of the phobia outfit.

IIOJK human rights violations

During the press convention, the ISPR DG alluded to the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. The ISPR chief mentioned the ceasefire settlement signed with India “improved” the lives of Kashmiris living alongside the border.

Gen Iftikhar mentioned the propaganda launched by the Indian media was an try to deflect the eye from the atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

The military spokesperson accused India of placing the area’s peace at stake via elevated defence spending. “It will have negative effects on peace. On the Line of Control, they have committed false propaganda about infiltration,” Gen Iftikhar added.

He mentioned the Indian forces staged a pretend encounter in Neelum Valley not too long ago and killed an harmless Kashmiri and blamed it on Pakistan. He referred to as out the Indian media for its propaganda over the incident, saying the media ran footage of a terrorist named Shabbir. “He is not only alive but is at his home in Sharda.”

Maj Gen Iftikhar mentioned India has killed numerous individuals, including that India needed to “externalize” the liberty wrestle of Kashmiris. “But voices are coming from everywhere that the people are being targeted and their struggle is being stamped out,” he added.

“On January 5, 1989, the people of Kashmir were promised the right to self-determination by the UN. That promise remains unfulfilled. On this occasion, we salute their bravery.”

‘CPEC’s safety being ensured’

Speaking in regards to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the safety state of affairs in Balochistan, the ISPR DG mentioned the nefarious makes an attempt by anti-state components to sabotage the mission have failed.

“The security of CPEC and other projects is being ensured by the Pakistani forces at great cost,” he added.

The Krut Hydro Power Project is 93 per cent full, he mentioned, including that the mission would add 720 MW to the nationwide grid. The mission will deliver important advantages to the native inhabitants, he added.

The dry shore hydropower mission can also be within the technique of completion, the ISPR chief mentioned, including that regardless of all of the challenges, the progress of any mission has not been hampered.

“In this regard, we will take you there for the progress of various ongoing projects across the country so that you can report them yourself,” he added.

In addition, 199 Developmental Projects costing approximately Rs601 billion have been began in Balochistan below the federal authorities’s Vision Balochistan.

This consists of 10 main well being tasks, 18 schooling tasks, 20 agriculture tasks and 42 main transport tasks.

“All these projects are being provided foolproof security so that they can be completed on time and the people of Balochistan can benefit from them,” the military spokesperson added.

Speaking about Covid-19, he mentioned the armed forces of Pakistan are totally engaged within the ongoing efforts in opposition to Covid-19. He termed vaccination an efficient weapon in opposition to the pandemic.

“According to the latest reports, the number of cases is increasing again with the advent of the new variant. The NCOC has issued guidelines in this regard,” he added.

No take care of Nawaz
In response to a query, the military’s spokesperson dismissed rumours of backdoor talks with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

“If anyone is talking about a deal, kindly ask them who is making the deal and the evidence for the existence of such a deal. There is no such thing,” he said.

He additionally dismissed rumours of a rift between the navy and the civilian authorities, saying the navy was subservient to the federal government. “We work in accordance with their directives,” he added.

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