Asim Bajwa

Pakistan launched North Waziristan operation against all militants: Asim Bajwa

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director-General Asim Bajwa Thursday said that the ongoing military operation in North Waziristan is against all the militants.

In an interview with Deutsche Welle (DW), Asim Bajwa said the narrative that Pakistan has not done enough to fight terrorism was “unfair” as it did not recognise Pakistan’s contributions to the war against terror.

“For the world to say Pakistan has not done enough in the war on terror is discrimination. It’s unfair and I take it as quite an injustice to Pakistan. Pakistan has done a lot in the war against terrorism and for peace in the world,” he added

The military spokesman went on to say that Pakistan’s “entire defence mechanism is India-specific” as “India poses a threat to Pakistan”.

Bajwa further offered a clarification on Pakistan’s protests against the killing of former Afghan Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in an American drone strike in May, saying his killing on Pakistani soil was “regrettable” as it upset the Afghan reconciliation process.

“[Mansour] entered into Pakistan from another state and then he was tracked and attacked. He was a part of the reconciliation process and was required to play his role for peace.”

The killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansour also signals a more aggressive US policy position. Authorised personally by President Obama, the strike marked the most significant American incursion into Pakistan since the 2011 US forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Civil-military ties

Bajwa also dismissed claims of an increasingly visible gap between the civilian government and the army, saying, “democracy has been strengthening in Pakistan and it has been receiving all possible support from the military.”

“Consultations are made on all major issues of national security and whenever called, the army supports the civilian government on various issues, ranging from natural disasters to development works,” the military spokesman said.

“Pakistan is the priority of each and every Pakistani.”

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