We will not support the region’s rioters: DG ISPR. On Sunday, while speaking to ARY News, Army spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used against anyone.
Citing Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Staff of the Army (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa, Ghafoor said: “We will not allow our soil to be used against anyone.” “Pakistan will not be a party to anyone or anything but a peace and security partner alone,” he said, citing Prime Minister Imran.
In response to a question on the killing of Iran’s Major General Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. attack on Friday, the Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the regional situation had changed and Pakistan will play its role in helping prevail peace.
In a US attack on Baghdad’s international airport on Friday morning, Maj Gen Soleimani was killed in a dramatic escalation of tensions between the two countries.
Soon afterward, in a call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Gen Bajwa emphasized the “need for full vigilance and constructive engagement” after Soleimani’s killing.
Discussing the conversation between the chief of the army and Pompeo, Ghafoor said two points had been said by Gen Bajwa.
First, he said the region was improving from very bad conditions, adding that for this change, the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan is very important. He added that Pakistan is going to play its part in this and wants to keep the focus on the issue.
Second, he said Pompeo had been informed by the chief of the army that tensions should be that in the region. He said that positive activities and discussion would move forward with all relevant countries.
“Pakistan will support all diplomatic efforts and hopes that the world will not be headed for another war,” the chief of the army said.
In response to a question about reports that Pakistan will take part in the war by helping the U.S. against Iran, Ghafoor said the rumors circulated on social media. Nevertheless, he explained that the first call[ between Pompeo and Gen Bajwa] was not this.
“The chief of the army has an important role from the Afghan reconciliation process to regional security,” he said, adding that a statement had also been released by the Foreign Office.
The Foreign Office has expressed “deep concern” about the tensions through a statement, urging both sides to exercise restraint.
“My appeal to the people and media would be to pay attention only to comments from a credible source,” he said, adding that “propaganda” and “rumors of the country’s enemies” should not be taken into account.
“India plays the leading role in spreading such rumors,” he said, adding that he had read an Indian news article about Pakistan dissecting Iran and restarting Pakistan’s involvement in a U.S. military training and education program.
“Technical coordination has been suspended in our bilateral relations with America. America has been talking about restoring this for the past four or five months since technical in military-military cooperation continues.”
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