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Will give befitting response if India resorts to misadventure: DG ISPR

  • In maiden press conference since his appointment, Major General Ahmed Sharif briefs media on counter-terrorism operations in the country
Published April 25, 2023

Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Ahmed Sharif conducted his maiden press conference on Tuesday, stressing that if India tried any misadventures, then Pakistan Army will give a befitting response.

He also condemned what he called 56 ceasefire violations by the neighbour along the Line of Control (LoC).

The DG ISPR said “if, due to any miscalculation and misunderstanding, India tries to conspire against Pakistan, then we will give a befitting reply. There should be no doubt about it.”

He recalled that Chief of Army Staff Asim Munir visited the Line of Control as soon as he was appointed to show the army’s resolve to defend Pakistan.

“If required, we can take this battle to the enemy’s territory as well,” he said, adding that "India's propaganda against Pakistan continues".

On the other hand, Maj-Gen Sharif said, Pakistan had allowed the United Nation’s observers complete access to the LoC. “But India has not done so. They have not given them access or liberty of action.”

“The situation at the LoC has remained relatively peaceful after the 2003 ceasefire agreement,” he said.

He added that the Pakistan Army had blown down six quadcopters, asserting that the “Pakistan Army is prepared to [deal with] any such attempts by India”.

This is Maj Gen Ahmed Sharif’s first press conference since his appointment as head of the military’s media affairs wing in December last year.

'No no-go area in Pakistan'

The DG ISPR said there are no “no-go areas” in the country due to the efforts of the Army, adding that the armed forces conducted 8,000 operations against terrorists.

He stated that the culprit of terrorist attack on the Peshawar mosque in January 2023 belonged to Afghanistan and “he delayed the suicide blast two times due to low attendance in the mosque. He went ahead with it on the third time”.

He further said that the miscreants of the attack on Karachi Police headquarters hailed from Lakki Marwat and South Waziristan.

He assured that armed forces remained focused on ensuring border security in Pakistan. “In this regard, Pakistan’s forces have taken appreciable measures, tracked down terrorist networks and we continue to do so.”

The DG ISPR said linkages between the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and Baloch militant groups were also proven in terrorism incidents.

Sharing further details, he said 436 terrorist attacks had taken place in the country during the ongoing year, during which 293 people were martyred and 521 injured.

In KP, he said, 192 people were martyred and 330 injured while 80 were martyred and 170 injured in Balochistan.

“Illegal weapons and ammunition have been obtained from them (terrorists) … and facilitators and planners involved in terrorism incidents have also been arrested and exposed,” he said.

“Socio-economic uplift work is going on in former terrorist-hit areas of Pakistan,” he said. “Security situation in Balochistan has improved now compared to a few years earlier.”

Meanwhile, the Reko Diq project was turning out to be an encouraging development for Balochistan.

"No individual or group will be allowed to take the law into their own hands," he stressed. "Attempts to sabotage CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) and other projects are being thwarted. All projects are being provided with complete security.

"The journey towards permanent peace has begun," he said.


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Mian Nawaz Sharif-Shit Apr 25, 2023 05:45pm
"then we will give befitting reply". General Sahib, is it not your duty to first put your house in order? You can give many replies after that (like Dar has been giving befitting replies to IMF). Just please dont show "eyes" a la Dar.
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Doc Asad Apr 25, 2023 06:15pm
Right now busy in giving befitting response to its own people :)
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Yogesh (India) Apr 25, 2023 07:01pm
Give beffiting reply to IMF first which is not giving you a penny.
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Rapid Fire Apr 25, 2023 07:25pm
Will give a beefy befitting reply... with sticks and stones.
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Tulukan Mairandi Apr 25, 2023 07:42pm
Really? But the army is actually losing men to TTP due to non-payment of wages. How can an army of a soon-to-default state win wars? Reality check needed.
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KhanRA Apr 25, 2023 07:52pm
How many times do we need to hear this? This is literally the job of the Army. Are they focused on manipulating Pakistani politics that they forgot why they’re supposed to exist?
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TimeToMovveOn Apr 25, 2023 08:19pm
You want to know why this is happening, right now your General is visiting KSA to improve bilateral ties. really what is his job. Is that not the job of the FM. Why is the general visiting KSA now when there is not money for elections and there a blast happening everywhere. Pakistan army has conquered Pakistan. Bravo.
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Rana Amir Apr 25, 2023 09:31pm
Fact Sheet Always fight wherever your enemies are weak.
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Abdul Sheikh Apr 25, 2023 09:37pm
I’m sick and tired of outcomes of befitting replies.
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Haq Apr 25, 2023 10:43pm
Ideal strategy would be to attack first & take fight to enemy's land, prevent them attacking to yours. Legally Occupied Kashmir & Ladakh (including Junaghar, Hyderabad Daccan, Eastern Punjab) belongs Pakistan & as per UN law, it's our duty to attack & librate the oppressed Muslims from Hindavta fanatics
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chaudhry afzal Apr 25, 2023 10:47pm
befitting as 1971?
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HashBrown® Apr 25, 2023 11:39pm
@Mian Nawaz Sharif-Shit, "General Sahib, is it not your duty to first put your house in order?" Personally I'd prefer our generals to stick to defence issues rather than wade into subjects beyond their understanding - anybody remember the "Bajwa doctrine"? Also, however unimaginative the "befitting response" routine is, it's something our hindustani neighbours need to be told. Unless they want to lose a few more Abhinandans over our airspace...
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HashBrown® Apr 25, 2023 11:43pm
@Yogesh (India), "Give beffiting reply to IMF first which is not giving you a penny" So have you ever taken the time to work out how Pakistan - without a penny to its name - still managed to humiliate you at Balakot 2019, despite your $600bn forex reserves? If not, maybe you should read the general's words a little more carefully.
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MW Apr 25, 2023 11:57pm
Another attempt to scare your own people with a made-up threat! thank India for being a readymade bogey for you. YOU are the real enemey!
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bonce richard Apr 26, 2023 12:49am
@TimeToMovveOn, We are used to begging money from others. Why does our army chief visit other countries this is not duty their duty to look after the border. Since 1947 we are used to beg Zakat Charity and Sadqa for their own interests not for the people.
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TimeToMovveOn Apr 26, 2023 01:54am
Pak Army has been using the bogey of India that India this for too long. Now even their own citizens are not buying it anymore. yes India did some stuff inside Pakistan, as a tit for tat for the Kashmir jihad. But now that Pak has backed off on Kashmir, and the Pak economy in a bad state, India has no intention of wasting time on Pakistan. Paks own leaders are doing a great job at it.
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Darendra Modi Apr 26, 2023 01:57am
@Yogesh (India), Build toilets in Indoa, attend to 400M living below poverty line and having more hunger issues than Pakistan. This is according to World Bank. Saaley gao mootri
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Sajjad Ilyas Apr 26, 2023 03:19am
I remember General Niazi talking about befitting response before 1971 war and then lost Bangladesh in 10 days.
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Jameelakhtar Apr 26, 2023 03:27am
Assalamu Alaikum sir Hum Hyderabad Harinagar UC 104 se people party ke worker ki haisiyat se comment kar rahe hain Sar Hamen 20 ladke Hain Jo worker card mein Ishu Nahin ho raha
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TimeToMovveOn Apr 26, 2023 05:36am
@Haq, Why dont you try that. The last time you did it, you lost bangladesh
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KhanRA Apr 26, 2023 06:07am
@HashBrown®, They missed their targets (this time ), but the fact remains that they were able to drop bombs deep inside Pakistani territory. Make sure you understand the significance of an event before you start to boast.
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HashBrown® Apr 26, 2023 11:55pm
@KhanRA, "Make sure you understand the significance of an event before you start to boast." Eh? They bombed a forest, what's the significance of that? Try reading up on the events that unfolded that day - the PAF had the capacity to inflict serious damage on cross border targets but refrained from causing escalation. Furthermore, the Hindustani counter-strike was anticipated and used as an ambush, which is how Modi ended up with the humiliating images of a beaten up hindustani pilot being returned at the border while the whole world watched. And surprise surprise, no more cross border attacks since then. Hindustanis have grasped the significance of that conflict, even if you haven't.
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HashBrown® Apr 26, 2023 11:59pm
@TimeToMovveOn, "The last time you did it, you lost bangladesh" Pakistan lost Bangladesh to the Mukhti Bahini, and also to years of flawed policies in the buildup to the war. If your army was really worthy of any credit, you would have seized Lahore in 1965, rather than fleeing for their lives and abandoning half your weapons at the border.
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KhanRA Apr 27, 2023 02:12am
@TimeToMovveOn, The “bogey man” isn’t that india is an existential threat to Pakistan. The reason Pakistanis hate India is what you’ve done to Kashmiris. Before 1989, most Pakistanis didn’t care so much about Kashmir or hate India because the rights of Kashmiris were mostly respected - because We consider Kashmiris like our own people. But when you started to oppress the innocent people, our public opinion shifted against you - and that was not because of Pakistan Army, but because of India’s Army. Don’t give so much credit to Pak Army for this - Pakistanis have lived under dictatorship and know to take everything the army says with a grain of salt. It’s high time you learn to do the same, and stop mindlessly repeating propaganda against Kashmiris as though their struggle for rights is because they hate Hindus.
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