RAWALPINDI: Newly appointed spokesperson of the armed forces, Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar on Wednesday said Pakistan was well aware of the conspiracies of its enemies.
“We have taken Indian leaders’ statements very seriously. We are closely observing India’s all defensive measures and military movements,” Babar Iftikhar said while addressing a press conference on ‘Surprise Day’. Feb 27 is being commemorated across the country as ‘Surprise Day’ as on this day Pakistan downed India’s two fighter jets and arrested one pilot.
He said Feb 27 was a bright chapter in Pakistan’s history. It was a day of thanking God, he added. The enemy wanted to surprise us but he himself was flabbergasted by our response, he said.
“27 Feb commemorates resolve of Pakistan Armed Forces against any aggression. The way we responded on this day is a proof that any misadventure by enemies of Pakistan will always be defeated. Our adversaries will be surprised with our bold responses every time. #SurpriseDay,” he had tweeted earlier.
The spokesperson of the armed forces said Pakistan armed forces were ready in every aspect. Whenever India took an aggressive step, Pakistan responded befittingly, he maintained.
If two nuclear powers fight war, the consequences cannot be determined, he said adding that all India’s capabilities were Pakistan-centric.
On situation in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Babar Iftikhar said life in occupied Kashmir was paralyzed. The Kashmir conflict had no more remained a political or geographical issue, it had turned into an issue of gross human rights violations, he said.
“Voices against oppression cannot be suppressed. World powers have stressed Kashmir issue should be resolved according to the UNSC resolutions,” he said adding that in the struggle for Independence, Pakistan was, is and will remain with Kashmiris.
On anti-terrorism efforts, Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar said Pakistan had sacrificed more than 80,000 lives to bring peace in the country. The journey from terrorism to tourism had been very enduring, he said.
“More than 1000 Al-Qaeda terrorists were either arrested or killed, more than 17,000 terrorists were killed and 450 ton explosive material was recovered from terrorists,” he said.
To a query, he said no other country desired peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan.