Military going against all terrorists without discrimination: DG ISPR



Pakistan Army Spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa,  in an interview with CNN’s  Christiane Amanpour, has said that the country’s stance on terrorism is very clear and the military is going against all terrorists without any discrimination of hue and color. 

“There are no good terrorists. There is no collusion. We are absolutely clear, no confusion in our mind. We are going against all terrorists without any discrimination of hue and color. I think there is no confusion in our mind that we have to go against the phenomenon of terrorism, against all terrorists, and their abettors,” he said.

Bajwa, the Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), added that that military offensive against the militants is underway in the restive tribal region where a major part of North Waziristan has been cleared while only a small region near the Afghan border remains to be cleared.

” We’re very clear and we are capable of dealing with them.”

” We have been so effective and we’ve achieved the desired results. And we are expanding it. We will go to the last terrorist and we will eliminate terrorism totally from our soil,” he said in response to the interviewer questioning the military’s capabilities.

When asked if  the Army could guarantee the safety of school children who have returned back to Army Public School in Peshawar following the December 16 massacre by Taliban militants and if the military has  beefed up  the security, Bajwa responded that the security has been increased on a national level, however, ‘it is very difficult to go in for the point security in each school, but there is a concept of security that has been evolved and there is a review of security at every level.’

“I think it is very difficult to guarantee that nothing of this kind happens anywhere in the world,” he added.

The DG ISPR said international community should support Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.

“This is a fight which is against an enemy who is focused and who is very clear that the whole world is their enemy. So we, the whole world, need to come together, join our hands and fight this common enemy with common resources and with common narrative,” he said.

The interview also asked about the relations with  Afghanistan in the wake of the Peshawar carnage. Bajwa said that the ties between the two countries were already on a positive trajectory, especially ever since the new government in Afghanistan but the incident has further strengthened ties between the neighbouring countries.