DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor. – A file photo

PESHAWAR: Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor has made it clear that Pakistan will not allow its land to be used against any country.

Talking to a private news channel on Sunday, the DG ISPR said Pakistan will not become part of any action that undermines the regional stability. The military spokesman was giving reaction about the ongoing tension between the United States and Iran after the assassination of an Iranian General by the US in a drone strike in Iraq. He said Pakistan won’t take sides in any conflict and will be party to peace efforts only.

Major General Asif Ghafoor said Pakistan always stands for peace and it is making all out efforts for regional peace. He said Pakistan has played significant role in Afghan peace process. He said the regional situation has changed after attack on Iranian General by the US.

The military spokesman said the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held telephonic communication with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in which the Army Chief emphasised reduction in tensions between regional countries. He said rumours circulating on the social media about Pakistan taking sides in the war were totally baseless. He said the region is improving after a very tough situation and now there is need to continue efforts for stabilization.

The DG ISPR said Pakistan and the US were in talks for the last few months for resumption of military training program, and it has nothing to do with the situation in Iran. He said all misleading news about the Pak-US contacts are being spread by India.

About the plight of Muslims in India, the DG ISPR said the course India has chosen will lead to its own destruction. He said Pakistan armed forces know how to defend their country.

Major Genial Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US strike on Baghdad airport on Friday after which tension between the US and Iran increased and fears of war are hovering over the region as Iran has vowed to take ‘revenge’.

In response to the Iran revenge call, US President Donald Trump threatened to target 52 sites inside Iran if it harmed US installations or personnel.