Director General of the Pakistan Army’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asif Ghafoor said that Pakistan army is prepared and India should not mess with it.
“There are quite a few topics which I wanted to discuss for a while. However, most of my discussion will be on the situation arising after the Pulwama attack,” said DG ISPR as he began his press conference.
Responding to the Pulwama attack that happened on 14 February, which killed at least 49 paramilitary troopers, Major General Ghafoor said that “Pakistan took time to respond, as we wanted to investigate the allegations and when we were sure-footed, the prime minister of Pakistan responded.
He also added that in 1947, “Pakistan obtained independence and this is something India has not been able to accept till date. In 1998, we obtained nuclear power while in 2008 we were fighting a decisive war against militants and emerging successful so India started to mobilize its troops on the border.”
“Whenever the situation improves in Pakistan, India tries to destabilize the country,” he asserted. “In February when the Pulwama attack happened there were eight important events in Pakistan — Saudi crown prince’s visit, Afghan reconciliation process, UNSC talking about terror financing, EU deliberating on human rights violations in Kashmir, Kulbhushan Jadhav hearing, FATF hearing and decision on Pakistan, PSL and Kartarpur meeting. The elections are upcoming in India and the indigenous struggle in occupied Kashmir is high.”
“What would Pakistan benefit from Pulwama attack in light of these events? Pakistan would be at a loss,” the head of the military’s media wing stressed.
Major General Ghafoor continued, “The attack took place miles away from the Line of Control (LoC) and the explosives used were not from Pakistan. The car used was not from Pakistan either. The attack was carried out by a youngster from occupied Kashmir who was mistreated by Indian security forces.”
“People in Indian media and social media had predicted an attack like this prior to the elections.”
Questioning whether Pakistan is in diplomatic isolation, DG ISPR said, “You have seen how the heads and delegations of foreign countries are visiting.”
“The prime minister made an offer to India which has never been made before. The premier offered to probe the India if actionable evidence is shared,” he maintained.
Refuting reports that “Pakistan is preparing for a war”, Major General Ghafoor said, “Threats and reports of a war are coming from your side. We are only using our right to self defence.”
“We do not wish to go to war but please be rest assured should you initiate any aggression, first you will never be able to surprise us. But let me assure you, we will surprise you. We shall also dominate the escalation ladder. Never think due to our commitments else where we will have any capacity lack,” the DG ISPR warned.
“We have the will and determination, ways and means to reach our desired state. We can respond to a full spectrum threat. We hope you get this and don’t mess with Pakistan,” Major General Ghafoor asserted.
New Delhi has blamed Pakistan for the attack which claimed the lives of over 40 paramilitaries. The Pakistani leadership has strongly denied the allegations. (with inputs from Geo news)