DG ISPR warns PTM not to cross red lines

RAWALPINDI: Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor on Thursday warned the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) not to cross the red line or else state will maintain its writ.

He said the army was using confidence-building measures with the PTM instead of using force against them with because they are hurt and suffered in the war.

DG ISPR said army still wanted to deal with them politely but warned them that they were heading in the wrong direction.

PTM had started out with three demands which were to reduce security check posts, clearance of landmines and missing persons, he said and added the army was already working to address these issues. He explained that there were 469 checkpoints in 2016 in KP and Fata which have been reduced to 331. “We will not keep a single check post if we feel the security situation does not require it,” he said.

“Security situation at our end has been improved …If today we can get surety that Afghanistan has control on its side of the border, we can bring back the 200,000 troops,” he said while linking deployment of troops with peace in Afghanistan.

Speaking on the second demand of the PTM, he said there were 43 teams of engineers in KP and Fata who were working in various districts to clear mines.

On the third demand related to the missing persons, DG ISPR said the as per the initial list given by the PTM were of 7,000, 8,000 and 9,000 names.

From 2010 to 2011 there were 7,000 cases received and the process was started and of these 7,000 cases over 4,000 cases had been resolved.