The Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Sunday that Pakistan’s soil will not be used against any country.
In an interview with a local TV channel, the spokesperson Pak Army said, “Country will only play the role of a peacemaker” in the ongoing escalation between the United States and Iran, which has sent war alert across the globe.
Major General Asif Ghafoor’s remarks came in the wake of the killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani by U.S in a drone strike on Friday.
The DG ISPR further said, “Pakistan has overcome terrorism on its territory and will not allow its soil to be used against any other country.”
While responding to a question regarding Indian media’s claims it says that Pakistan’s policy towards Iran has changed in the light of US resumption of military training program for Pakistan Army, the DG ISPR deemed it “Indian propaganda” and “fake news”.
“Islamabad and Washington were in talks for the last four or five months over the issue and connecting it as Pakistan aligning with US is Indian propaganda,” he said.
“We are a responsible state and Pakistan army is a professional force. We have exercised restraint despite provocative statements from Indian leadership.”
The spokesperson also talked about the conversation between Army chief General Qamar Bajwa and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after killing of Iranian General Soleimani on Friday.
“The army chief had told Pompeo that the region is making progress towards peace from a very bad situation and the Baghdad incident is damaging to the peace efforts in the region.”
“General Bajwa has an important role with regards to regional security and Afghan peace process and Pakistan don’t want to see another conflict in this region,” the DG ISPR added.
He further said, “Pakistan would oppose any thing that is affecting Afghan reconciliation process as it needs focus from all the parties. We are of the view that dialogue is the way forward to achieve lasting peace.”
General Asif Ghafoor said that the regional situation has changed after the killing of Iranian military official.