Amanpour interview: Bajwa terms question on Pakistan's capability an 'insult'

Army spokesperson says army is clear in its aim and they have to go against the phenomenon of terrorism

Web Desk January 20, 2015

Military spokesperson Major General Asim Bajwa shot back at a question on whether Pakistan was capable of going after every last terrorist indiscriminately, terming it an insult to the people of Pakistan and the its forces. 

"I would say this is an insult to the Pakistani people and Pakistani forces if you ask this kind of question. When I say we're very clear and we are capable of dealing with them," said the Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) in an interview to CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

General Bajwa clarified  that the army was taking action against militants ‘without any discrimination.’

“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 colour,” he said.

Bajwa said the army is clear in its aim and they “have to go against the phenomenon of terrorism, against all terrorists, and their abettors.”

Speaking about the military's efforts in combating terrorism, the DG ISPR said, “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.”

“We've already cleared a major part of North Waziristan except for a small belt of area, of terrain, just next to Afghanistan border. There are air and aviation gunship strikes, which are continuing. And there will be ground operation as well,” he added.

Comparing the military’s performance to that of US forces in Iraq and Aghanistan, Bajwa said, “Look at the performance of Pakistani forces, they have done an excellent job.”

Further, he said the attack on Army Public School in Peshawar has united the entire nation, “There is a 'whole of nation' approach. You've seen the entire political leadership take on one table and take certain decisions for the future of our country.”

Expressing gratitude to the international community for showing solidarity during the time, DG ISPR said, “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.”

The military spokesperson also said that "it is very difficult to guarantee that nothing of this kind happens anywhere in the world. We just saw what happened in Paris. We have seen school shootouts in places like America.”

Amanpour went on to talk about the consequences of the Peshawar attack, including the government's decision to lift a ban on executions.

"There is always a chance of blowback (of these executions). So now that the military has been mandated, it has a sunset clause for two years. But there is also a criminal justice reform which is underway," Bajwa said.

Responding to a question regarding the establishment of military courts in the wake of the attack, Bajwa said, “[Military courts are] a stopgap arrangement which has now been given to the military for a period of two years while the criminal justice system is under reform.”

Commenting on relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the spokesperson said, “I would say this has given a huge fillip to the relations. But the relations were already on a positive trajectory, especially ever since we had a new government in Afghanistan.”


Bobb Mack | 9 years ago | Reply @kulwant singh: O my Allah put these foreign Singhs on a path which will do something good to them. They are so obsessed about Pakistan that they are crawling all over the place here with the hope someone would take notice. Even people like Hassan Nissar are their heros.. Hassan Nissar is a low class columnist in Pakistan who specialises in saying bad things about anyone, someone born sick (congenitally unhappy), someone who will never smile even once a year, someone who is happy to exchange abuses on air and someone who does not think anyone on this earth (excluding Indians ofcourse)), even his father is a good man. Indians are the only group he likes because they praise him and send him accolades for disgusting low class ideas about Pakistan. Here in Pakistan he is surviving even despite his offence to others because he is not capable of causing harm to anyone despite his disgusting cries and if at all he is a kind of a joke reminding us how our enemies are gauging us. Mr Singh devote some more time to him.
Bobb Mack | 9 years ago | Reply @AVMPolpot: There you go...the moderate is in fact being very generous with you despite the malicious ting you rub on your comments. We are happy you are spending so much time on Pk reveals your anxiety level but try and be patient. So you were old enough when the DAWN Karachi published the news about Dacca fall. No wonder your age has made you behave like an irritable old woman You seem to have good memory though. That means the memory of 1962 debacle must be still fresh. You behave or pretend as if nothing happened. I mean how could you forget or trivialise the disgrace that the 1962 brought to your nation. You will know from your own feelings how humiliating it was. It was so grave that every Indian even today get a shiver down their spine. But you are clever people who keep reminding us about 1971 but never tell us what kind of pain you have lived with since the cruel Chinese routed your army and made your soldier flee from the battle zone like rats.
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