RAWALPINDI: The chief military spokesman on Thursday chose not to respond to the allegations levelled by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif that the army was involved in his ouster.
At a media briefing, Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) refused to answer a question about Sharif’s indirect accusation that the army was a part of a plot against him and his government.
“We will continue to have silence on this,’ the DG ISPR said.
Ghafoor said it was the duty of the army to stabilise the region. India, he said, has been spreading false propaganda but “Pakistan will not be reactive to such false lies anymore”. He stressed: “You cannot lure us to your unprofessional tactics.”
Ghafoor said that Indian propaganda is only for its own media. “India wants to divert attention from its atrocities in occupied Kashmir but Pakistan will continue fighting for the right of the Kashmiri people.”
Speaking about the US demand of ‘doing more’ the military spokesman stated unequivocally that Pakistan had done enough for everyone over the decades and would not do more.
We cannot do more on the dictation from any country,” he said. “We don’t want conflict with friends but we will ensure country’s defence,” he said, adding that the Pakistan would fight against terrorism, but not for money.
About the Haqqani network, Ghafoor stated there was no organised terror network inside Pakistan. “The US and Afghan authorities are well aware that Pakistan tackled the Haqqanis too. They [allegations of safe havens] are no more valid.”
On the relations with Afghanistan, the military spokesman stressed the need for bilateral military-to-military engagement. “I won’t say the engagement is ideal but there has been an improvement after army chief’s visit to Afghanistan,” he said.
Through Zarb-e-Azb, he went on to say, Pakistan has tried to eliminate terrorism and would continue these efforts. “We have dismantled all terror networks in Fata,” he added.
Major General Asif Ghafoor told reporters that most of the suicide bombers were from Afghanistan. He also said that a large number of attacks have been foiled.