RAWALPINDI: Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor held a news conference on Thursday, warning the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) not to cross the line.
The military spokesman said the army was using confidence-building measures with the PTM and not handling them with heavy-handedness. “They [PTM] are hurt and have suffered in the war. We still want to deal with them politely but they are headed in the direction where the same will happen to them which happens when the state establishes its writ.”
During his news conference, Major General Ghafoor outlined the three demands of the PTM and the steps which had been taken to address them. The first demand of the PTM was over check posts, with the military spokesman informing reporters that Pakistan Army had decreased its check posts in KP-Fata to 331. “When we believe there is no need for even one check post we will remove them.”
“Ceasefire violations have risen during the last 10 years,” he referred to the Indian unprovoked firing at Line of Control (LoC).
“The government took the initiative to make the Kartarpur corridor which was projected in a negative light in the Indian media.”
Speaking on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the DG ISPR said Pakistan’s war on terror had been fought mostly in areas of this province. Showing a graph of terrorist incidents in the country DG ISPR said, “The average of terrorist incidents has fallen since 2013. The number of civilian casualties has also decreased.”
The military spokesman said the law and order situation in Karachi had improved in the last few years
On Balochistan, Major General Ghafoor said this province made 43 per cent of the country with only 6 per cent of the population. “We have changed our deployment according to the geography of the province. This readjustment is focused on the socio-economic projects in the province.”