ISLAMABAD: On Monday, the Pakistan Army denied rumours about “backdoor contacts” with opposition leaders and warned against bringing the military into political confrontations.
In comments on separate private TV channels, military spokesman Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar said: “The Army does not need backdoor contact with anyone and is doing its job.”
The remarks of the ISPR director general come against the backdrop of renewed reports of opposition-military ties.
A ten-party opposition coalition, the Pakistan Democratic Movement, aims to launch its long march on March 26 to create popular pressure to dislodge the regime. In the national arena, meanwhile, a lot of attention is still on the upcoming Senate elections and the polling system for the polls.
ISPR chief rejects as ‘false and fake’ reports about Iranian intelligence operation in Pakistani territory
Maj Gen Iftikhar challenged those behind the rumours to provide some evidence of their accusations. Instead of levelling claims, say publicly who was approached by whom and who spoke to whom. No such thing is going on there,’ he said. He said the army was an organisation too vital to be drawn into such controversies. He asserted, “Please keep us out of it, this is not good for anyone.”
He repeated that the army has nothing to do with politics and that politicians should be left alone.
While answering a comment, the ISPR leader denied as “false and false” claims that Iran had carried out an intelligence operation in Pakistani territory to free its abducted soldiers in October 2018. “The “false news” about the suspected Iranian operation started to spread after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) of Iran reported to have liberated two guards via a “successful operation” in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan from the custody of the terrorist group Jaishul Adl.
The Anadolu agency of Turkey first gave a twist to the news and announced that the IRGC had appeared to have an operation in Pakistani territory. The Indian media picked up the storey then.
Maj Gen Iftikhar said that “fake news has become the forte of India.” “The news is completely misleading about Iran. It should not have happened, it could not have happened,’ he emphasised. The spokesperson lamented that the mass media in India had now been part of the false news and lost its reputation.
On Pakistan’s efforts to increase the international community’s consciousness of Indian attempts to malign it, he said those were successful to a large extent.
He said, pointing to different foreign sources, “Our opinion has been accepted and is being taken seriously.” Maj Gen Iftikhar recalled that Pakistan had sent a dossier to the world to reveal the insidious effort of India to destroy the image of Pakistan.