No action initiated against PTM on directives of COAS Bajwa: ISPR

RAWALPINDI:  On Monday, the army media wing spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor remarked that on the directives of Chief of Army staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa no stern action was initiated against the Pashtun- Tahaffuz Movement.

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While addressing an important press briefing, Asif Ghafoor informed media over the build up of PTM movement and interactions between PTM’s activist and Pak-Army.

He said that following Islamabad Dharna(Stage In) by Pakhtuncommunity over the killing of Naqeebulah Meshsud, the army called upon their participants to hold talk. He further revealed that Manzoor Pashteen was one of the member who came along with delegation seeking Pak army to consider their demands.

“They came here over lack of proceeding in Naqeeb case, along with check-posts issue and missing persons,” said Ghafoor.

Moreover the Army ensured them that their grievances will be addressed, however things then changed as the movement became ‘Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement’, the DG ISPR remarked while expressing surprise.

He further stated that it all became evident that which forces were behind this movement, as foreign social media accounts were operating their coverage on social media.

On WANA  incident this Sunday, the Pak Army spokesman said that WANA ‘Amn Committee’ prevented PTM activist anti-army sloganeering, which then turned out to be violent as both factions had weapons according to their ‘Pakhtun tradition’

However, it was the Pakistan’s Army which provided medical aid to wounded participants in Pak-Army hospitals.

On misuse of social media twiiter accounts, Ghafoor called it to be the greatest threat faced by our youths.

He once again claimed that Pak Army did not initiate actions or any use of force against those accounts which supposedly were anti-army, however they have reported anti state tweets to FIA.

He also shared the nexus of tweets and re-tweets endorsing anti-Pakistan narrative.

Furthermore,  Major General Asif Ghafoor  also discussed regional and security challenges faced by Pakistan.

“Pakistan and Afghanistan are indispensable for each other”, said DG ISPR,  also adding peace in Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s interest.

“Terrorism is our common enemy”. asserted DG ISPR in relationship with Afghanistan

Following fencing at Pak Afghan border, cross border violations from Afghanistan escalated, remarked DG ISPR.

“71 violations of cross border attacks have been reported after Pakistan initiated border fencing at Pak-Afghan border” Asif Ghafoor informed media.

On allegations hurled against Pakistan for inaction against Haqqani network,  the army media wing spokesman once again cleared the air and said that there is no presence of Haqqani network in Pakistan.

In relationship with Tehran, Ghafoor confirmed that the situation has become better in recent days

Commenting over FATA merger with KP, the army’s spokesman remarked it to be historic saying that efforts will be made to develop the FATA region.

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