No direct involvement of Pak Army in JIT investigation: ISPR

Posted July 17, 2017

He informed the media that it was going to be a rather hard land operation owing to the treacherous terrain and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) would supplement the army.

Army chief's message: The ISPR director general also read out a message from Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa during the press conference.

Making a statement on situation in Afghanistan, Asif Ghafoor said Afghan forces are losing its hold over the areas under its control. During these operations 22 terrorists were killed in crossfire.

"In the coming days, we are hopeful the Karachi situation will see more improvement", Ghafoor said.

There have been 27 major operations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and 817 IBOs, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said.

Talking about the situation on the Line of Control, he said so far 580 ceasefire violations have occurred this year - the highest in any year.

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He said Pakistan forces had been exercising restraint but whenever reacted it was in retaliation to the unprovoked firing whereby directly engaging the Indian posts from where the fire was being originated.

"Issues prevalent in the city were among the major highlights", the DG said. "We will be able to check cross-border movement of terrorists, and our coordination with Afghanistan in this regard is already underway", he said. Therefore, he said the Pakistan authorities had offered all types of assistance and support. "There is a coordinated and complementary operation on their respective sides of the border".

"Once this operation is completed, we will first secure the global border on our side and eliminate the hideouts of various terrorist groups", Ghafoor added.

The army spokesperson also gave a country-wide breakdown of the operations taken as part of Operation Raddul Fasaad.

It will be physically and technically monitored, with either forts or a checkpost every 1.5 kilometres, he said.

DG ISPR said that Pakistan Army is not directly linked with joint investigation team (JIT).

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All eyes are fixed on the apex court as the future course of the case is likely to be determined today.

DG-ISPR Asif Ghafoor said that the military court had rejected Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav's first appeal. The COAS, he said had been provided all the evidences and proofs against the Agent and he will take decision based on the facts and evidences. Regarding the 17 terrorists nabbed in Parachinar, he said that their case in the military court would be fast-tracked. Out of the total, 53 executions had been carried out while 40 of them were undertaken during the on-going operation RUF.

When his attention was drawn towards the Bill adopted by the US Lower House, he said this Bill had to take a long path for final adoption.

"There is no direct army involvement in the JIT", he asserted again, adding that the "Pakistan Army will continue playing its role for the security of Pakistan with other institutions". Referring to the recent visit of US Senators representing Defence Committee, he said that they were taken to the areas where the state had regained her writ by eliminating terror and they had expressed appreciations of the role of Pakistan's military. Time will tell what were the objectives behind the book, he added.

In response to another question, Maj Gen Ghafoor stressed that there is no organised Daesh infrastructure in Pakistan and nor will one be allowed.

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