Maj Gen Iftikhar stated that he will probably be going over points pertaining to Pakistan’s japanese border, western border, landmark achievements of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, and can take questions, if any, on the finish.
Moreover talking on the aforementioned areas of concern, the DG ISPR additionally addressed rumours of a “deal” with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been declared an absconder and is at the moment residing in London.
“Speak of a take care of Nawaz Sharif is baseless,” he stated.
“Who’s putting a take care of Nawaz Sharif?” he requested the reporters, additionally demanding they furnish proof if there’s any.
“If somebody does discuss of a deal, then it’s essential to ask them who’s providing a deal,” Maj Gen Iftikhar stated.
He additionally maintained that there isn’t any hassle afoot relating to civil-military relations and urged the media to “preserve the institution out of it”.
The DG ISPR started his briefing with the japanese border, saying that underneath the ceasefire settlement reached with India in February final 12 months, the Line of Management (LoC) “remained peaceable all year long”.
“The largest dividend is that the individuals who dwell across the space, have seen a particular enchancment of their every day lives.
“However alongside this, the false accusations and the propaganda by the Indian management that has continued factors in the direction of a selected political agenda,” he stated.
Maj Gen Iftikhar stated the basic goal of that is to attract away the eye of the worldwide group from the “systematic demographic modifications” India is implementing in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
He famous that on the one hand India is on a path of spiritual extremism, which the entire phrase is conscious of now, and on the opposite, it has endangered your entire area’s safety with its “by no means ending sequence of defence procurement”.
The DG ISPR stated that this is not going to solely shift the steadiness of conventional warfare, however will result in an arms race within the area, which may have a extreme and adverse influence on peace.
On the LoC, India’s safety mechanism, together with the anti-infiltration grid, and with it the false propaganda of infiltration is laughable and raises questions concerning their very own safety mechanism, he stated.
“Not too long ago, the Indian military staged a faux encounter in Kirin sector which is entrance of Neelum Valley, and within the title of countering infiltration, martyred an harmless Kashmiri, after which blamed Pakistan for it,” he stated.
Maj Gen Iftikhar stated that the images circulated by Indian media of the alleged terrorist named Shabbir, shouldn’t be solely alive however is current at residence within the Azad Kashmir space of Sharda.
Noting that India has martyred a number of Kashmiris earlier than this across the LoC space, he stated that the reality is that it has already tried to externalise Kashmir’s indigenous freedom battle.
However now, voices have begun to reverberate all through India, occupied Kashmir and your entire world that Indian armed forces are focusing on harmless Kashmiris within the title of counter terrorism and try to illegally crush their fully authentic and indigenous freedom battle, Maj Gen Iftikhar stated.
He stated in Kashmir the worst siege in human historical past has been happening since August 2019.
Talking of The Russell Tribunal on Kashmir, which was held in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina, between December 17-19, 2021, he stated that it is findings are “eye-opening”.
He stated that 15 worldwide judges and specialists took half within the tribunal, which targeted on 4 areas, particularly genocide, decolonisation, secular colonialism and warfare crimes towards Kashmiris.
He went on to say that the members made particular point out of stories by Amnesty Worldwide and Human Rights Watch which recorded situations of human rights violations by India and the way Indian armed forces have been waging a army, political, financial, social, and cultural warfare towards Kashmiris, and the way they’re violating the Geneva Conference and different worldwide legal guidelines.
Maj Gen Iftikhar stated at present, January 5, marks an vital day, because it was on at the present time in 1949 that the folks of Kashmir had been promised the appropriate to self-determination by the United Nations.
“That promise stays unfulfilled,” he stated, including: “We salute the eternal battle, and their unparalleled sacrifices and braveness of the Kashmiri folks.”