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DG ISPR says disappointed by Ahsan Iqbal’s statement

RAWALPINDI: Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor on Saturday said that he was disappointed by Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal’s recent statement about his comments on economy, ARY News reported.

“On this (statement) I am disappointed both as a citizen of Pakistan and a soldier,” said the army’s spokesman.

Addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi, he also clarified that he never said that Pakistan’s economy is in shambles.

Ahsan Iqbal on Friday had said that DG ISPR should refrain from commenting on national economy as his “irresponsible statements could hurt Pakistan’s global image”.

DG ISPR spoke to a private television on Thursday regarding Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Bajwa’s speech in the 11 October seminar on “Interplay of Economy and Security”.

Answering a question about Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif’s statement about US-Pakistan joint operations against terrorists within Pakistani territory, the army spokesman said that such an activity on Pakistani soil was never an option.

“Not with reference to minister’s statement but in military terminology, a joint operation means an operation done by two countries’ forces. So, there is no concept of joint operation on Pakistani soil, full stop,” said Asif Ghafoor.

About the  Canadian-American couple freed from the clutches of terrorists by Pakistan Army, DG ISPR maintained that US agencies told army about their presence in Kurram Agency upon which forces acted and rescued the couple. He, however, denied the US media reports that the couple was with Haqqani Network.

Caitlan Coleman, an American citizen and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were captured from a mountain near Kabul in 2012 and held in captivity for five years.

Answering a reporter’s question, the DG ISPR clarified that the impression regarding any threat to democracy by country’s armed forces is false and “democracy is only threatened by undemocratic behaviours”.




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