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ISPR DG says army showing leniency towards PTM

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ISLAMABAD: Director Genera Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Thursday that ceasefire violation on the Line of Control intensified during the last two years.

He said Indian army deliberately targeted civilian population on Pakistani side of the border.

He also referred to propaganda and negativity being spread in India after inauguration of Kartapur Corridor.

The military spokesman while speaking to media persons also showed the map of the proposed corridor which he said the government would complete within six months to facilitate Sikh pilgrims.

Talking about wave of terrorism, he said the incident has seen a significant decline in Khyber Paktunkhwa. “Security situation in KP and erstwhile FATA is much better now,” he said.

He said the killing of civilians in terror incidents has also been reduced all over the country.

After achieving relative stability in KP and FATA, he said, the forces have focused their attention on Balohistan, where terrorist incident in  have also seen a decline.

He said a number of Fararis also gave up arms and renounce militancy.

The army chief also invited the disgruntled elements to join mainstream and shun violence.

The ISPR DG lauded the Pakistan Rangers Sindh for maintaining peace in Karachi where violence has dropped by 99 percent.

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“They have three demands; missing persons, reduction in check-posts and clearance of mines,” he said.

He said the Pakistan Army has reduced number of check posts and with the completion of fence on Pak-Afghan border next year security situation would further improve.

He said “We can’t call back the troops given the cross border threats from Afghanistan.

“43 teams are working on mines in different districts and they have cleared 44 percent areas.

“Keep it in mind that we have just come out of a war, troops have taken many casualties on their shoulders.”

He said PTM’s initial list carried names of 8,000 and 9000 persons.

The army spokesman said out of 7000 cases over 4000  have been resolved.

“How can it be proved that those missing are not part of TTP that is holed up in Afghanistan,” he asked.

“The PTM had no other demands except the three initial ones but they have gone beyond them”.

He said the army has  shown politeness while dealing with PTM keeping in view the fact that the war was fought in their areas. “They are hurt.

The DG ISPR warned that the state will use its authority if PTM crosses the line.

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