RAWALPINDI – Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate, Major General Babar Iftikhar said Wednesday that India is involved in supplying arms, money, and new technology to the terrorist outfits in order to create unrest in Pakistan and disturb regional peace and stability.
“It won’t be a stretch to say that the Afghan intelligence is well aware of such developments,” he said in an interview with BBC Urdu. “Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan at all costs and to that end, it has taken all possible measures,” he added.
The ISPR chief said that Pakistan used its power and influence on the Taliban as much as possible. “We must make sure a void is not left in Afghanistan, as the country is not living in the 1990s anymore and its state structure cannot collapse like the past,” he said. “It is not possible for Kabul to be recaptured by the Taliban and Pakistan will be there to support this cause.”
The ISPR chief also discussed the matter of missing persons and said that the committee formed to investigate the matter has shown great strides. “Out of more than 6,000 cases received by the commission, 4,000 cases have been resolved, while the remaining cases will also be resolved soon,” says the DG ISPR.
While answering a question about the murder of ten Hazara coal miners in Balochistan’s Mach in January, Maj Gen Babar revealed that “some important arrests have been made in connection to the killings.”
Maj Gen Iftikhar also spoke about the recent attack on the car of a non-governmental organisation in North Waziristan which led to the death of four female social workers. He said that terrorists are retaliating to the operation the Army is carrying out in North Waziristan, adding that the attack on the women’s car was also a part of the retaliation tactics (used by terrorists. “At present, there are no organised [terror] groups in Waziristan, he said, adding that some “small groups from the region are resorting to petty terrorist activities there.” He said, “These petty extremists will be eliminated from Waziristan soon.” Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar said that terrorists in Pakistan operate with the assistance of groups in Afghanistan.