India and Pakistan are following the agreement of fully implementing a ceasefire on the Line of Control. On Monday, keeping in mind the agreement between both the countries, the chief Pakistani military spokesman said, the countries are nuclear powers and there is no space for war between the two countries.
Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, the head of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) addressed a news conference about a wide range of issues in Rawalpindi. He also talked about the relation of India-Pakistan and the Pashtoon Tahaffuz Movement (for protecting the rights of Pashtuns).
Major Gen threw lights on the relation of the Pakistan and India and also on the agreement reached by the Directors General of Military Operations. The agreement to fully implement ceasefire on LoC came into force on May 29, 2003.
Regarding the violation of ceasefire by Indian soldiers on LoC, he said the numbers had been higher than usual in 2017 and 2018, and that 1,881 incidents last year had left 52 people dead and 254 injured. By the first week of June, the numbers crossed to 1500.
Major stated: “The Indians have to realise and understand where they want to go (in the future)…We are two nuclear powers and there is no space for war.”
He said, “Pakistan is willing to ignore the first shot that is fired from the Indian side, provided it does not result in a casualty on our side but the second shot would be responded in kind.”
The agreement of not violating ceasefire that was reached by the DGMOs to avoid further fire and ensure that the 2003 ceasefire is not violated but in his accusing statement, he said, “while we responded and targeted (their) forces”.
After the agreement came into force, incidents of cross-border firing happened. Talking about this, Ghafoor said Pakistan was compelled to do firing only because civilians were targeted and there were casualties on the Pakistani side, “Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be construed as a weakness.”
Ghafoor said, “We have learned that national interest comes first and we will not compromise on that.”
Ghafoor denied the presence of the Haqqani Network in Pakistani, “Prior to (Operation) Zarb-e-Azb, it used to be a question of capacity, not resolve.” He considered the operation the eradication of most terror networks on the Pakistani side of the border.
The Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) was also briefed by Major. PTM chief Manzoor Pashteen put forward the issues of extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud, the missing person’s issue, the dumping of unexploded ordnance and the presence of security check posts in the tribal areas.
He assured from the side of PTM leaders that they would be looked into all the issues. “When those who are the enemies of Pakistan start praising you…then one needs to look inside and see if what they are doing is something favourable for the country,” he said.