DG ISPR says India is trying to harm CPEC to tarnish international image of Pakistan.
Director General ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar expressed these views in an interview with Global Village Space.
DG ISPR says India is trying to harm CPEC to tarnish international image
He said that the international community has taken very seriously the dossier revealing with evidence India’s sponsorship of terrorism inside Pakistan.
He said the world has taken note of it.
Responding to a question, the DG ISPR reiterated CPEC a game changer for the region.
He said it is offering connectivity to the whole region and with that Pakistan becomes a connectivity hub for this whole region.
He said this is a game changer in the sense that this project has the potential to bring prosperity to this whole region by connecting everyone.
Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar said it is basically an economic project.
Divisions for the security of CPEC
To a question, DG ISPR said India is trying to harm CPEC not to stop progress and development of Pakistan, but also tarnish international image of the country.
He said Pakistan raised two divisions for the security of this project.
Other than that we have around nine regular regiments also protecting this corridor at various locations from wherever it passes through.
Besides, there are paramilitary troops which are also deployed to protect the corridor.
The DG ISPR said despite India’s best efforts, there has been a lot of objective analysis of what has been said in the dossier.
He said the objectivity of the debate around this dossier at international level is a major plus and we are going to take it forward from here.
Dossier to the P-5 countries
Major General Babar Iftikhar said the Foreign Office has presented the dossier to the P-5 countries and it has also been presented to the UN Secretary General.
He said we are going to take it to every possible forum.
The DG ISPR said a lot of effort is being put into this. He said there has been a series of actions that have been taken after that.
Regarding freedom struggle of Kashmiris, he said India has been continuously trying to tag this indigenous movement with terrorism.
He said it is an indigenous freedom struggle as it is not possible to sustain a freedom struggle for more than 70 years.
India is using social media as a tool
He said that India has deployed around 900,000 troops inside Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir turning the region into an open prison.
The ISPR Chief said India is using social media as a tool to unleash negative propaganda against Pakistan as part of fifth generation warfare.
He said they are especially targeting the diplomatic, information, and economic, the military engagements on the Line of Control, financially and law fare domains to hurt Pakistan.
He said India is doing all this just to slow down the kind of progress and the kind of trajectory that Pakistan has for the future.
Replying to a question about growing strategic ties between India and the United States, Major General Babar Iftikhar said threat perception in our case is very clear as India is aiming at equipping itself with high-tech material.
He said the international community has to understand that any major disturbance in the balance of power in South-Asia will be a major disaster, not only for the region, but also for the rest of the world, so this balance of power must be maintained at every level.
Talking about securing western border with Afghanistan, Babar Iftikhar said there is not a single inch of land along the Western border which is not being manned by our soldiers.
He said we have fenced about 83 percent of the Pakistan-Afghan border and fencing of the entire border with Afghanistan will be completed by the end of this month.
Regarding Pakistan-Iran border, he said 30 percent of this frontier has been fenced so far and by December next year we will complete that also. He said it is going to stop the smuggling of goods and narcotics.
Border Management Division
He said a new Border Management Division has been recently raised, which will be centrally articulating and managing all the points of entry, whether from sea, airports or land borders.
Commenting on Pakistan’s role in the Afghan peace process, Babar Iftikhar said Islamabad has done everything that it can to facilitate the peace process.
Answering a question regarding military to military engagement with other countries, DG ISPR said Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s vision is very clear that ‘we need peace within, and we need peace around us.’
He said Pakistan’s military leadership has reached out to the military leadership of the countries in the region and beyond.
Speaking about Pakistan Army’s role in efforts to contain spread of the Coronavirus under National Command and Operation Centre, Babar Iftikhar said we started with the deployment of Pakistan Army soldiers, across Pakistan when we were trying to exercise some smart lockdowns.