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India to decide if they want to de-escalate tensions or pursue their own agenda: DG ISPR

We are not doing anything under pressure

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 6, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Mar 6, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

Pakistan has made its peace gesture and now the ball is in India's court, said Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor. 

"It's up to India whether they take that peace gesture [release of Indian pilot] and go forward towards de-escalation or continue the agenda they have," he said in an exclusive interview with CNN on Wednesday. The situation will become worse if they decide to escalate the tensions, he remarked.

Related: No, a Pakistani fighter jet was not shot down by India

"We were very close to the war. They [Indian Air Force] violated our airspace under token aggression and we went for a response."

Tensions escalated between India and Pakistan following a suicide attack on an Indian convoy last month, which killed 40 soldiers in Indian-Administered Kashmir. Indian media and government officials were quick to assign blame to Pakistan for what they said was supporting the Maulana Masood Azhar-led group, the JeM. Pakistan refuted allegations that its government was linked to the Pulwama attack.

On February 27, Pakistani Air Force shot down two Indian Air Force MiG 21 aircraft. One pilot was arrested tooOne plane crashed in the Khuiratta sector of Azad Kashmir while one crashed in Indian-Administered Kashmir’s Budgam area. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, an Indian Air Force pilot who was captured after his jet was shot down for violating Pakistani airspace, was sent back to India.

Related: Time for India to wait and get ready for our surprise, says the ISPR director-general

The military spokesperson was asked about Indian claims that they crossed into Pakistani airspace and bombed a terrorist camp. "Not even a single brick or body has been found there in the infrastructure. Their claims are false. I believe there is an announcement from there side too that they cannot claim any casualty," he remarked.

Pakistan never made the announcement that it will clamp down on JeM. "The organisation does not exist in Pakistan. It has been proscribed by the United Nations and Pakistan," he said. "We are not doing anything under anybody's pressure." Instead of blaming Pakistan, the world should assist and facilitate Pakistan in getting rid of such organisations, he added.

He remarked that India and Pakistan are eyeballs to eyeballs at the Line of Control. "The troops have been present at the border since decades. But, post-Indian aggression and our response, the safeguards have been taken by both sides," he said explaining that more troops have been deployed now.

Related: We don’t want conflict with India but will defend Pakistan till our last breath if needed: ISPR chief

On Pulwama terror attack, he said that the answer to that lies in the Human Rights Commission report. It says that if you suppress the local population to the extent that they are being raped and killed then episodes of violence will a natural reaction. "I am not saying this it is in the report."

The world should see why Kashmiris are becoming more violent, rather than blaming Pakistan, he said.

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3 Comments

  1. Naveed  March 6, 2019 5:43 pm/ Reply

    I seriously hope Congress win this time. At least they are liberal, educated and ready to talk.

  2. Areeba saif  March 6, 2019 5:54 pm/ Reply

    I am with Pakistan army pakistan zindabad

  3. Zafar  March 6, 2019 5:58 pm/ Reply

    Our policy is on right path.

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