No evidence of any conspiracy against previous govt, reiterates ISPR DG
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Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar Tuesday said the national security committee meeting was told in detail that there is no evidence of a conspiracy against the previous government, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Talking to a private channel, DG ISPR went on to say that this debate must now end, adding that the politicians must stop dragging the army into this.
He said no one has the right to distort the facts.
He said the army and its leadership were being targeted through propaganda for quite some time. He said everyone has a right to give his opinion but one should not resort to lies.
DG ISPR said the intelligence agencies briefed the participants (of the Security Committee meeting) in detail and found no element of conspiracy.
DG ISPR said the Army Chief's visit to China was very important, adding that Army Chief met the Chinese President. He said Pakistan's relations with China are of strategic nature and of utmost importance.
He said Army Chief also met the Chinese president during his visit and the army was providing security to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
He said that the visit of the Pakistani military delegation to China would have a far-reaching effect.
Major General Babar Iftikhar said that China has played an important role in enhancing Pakistan's defence.
ISPR DG went on to say the defence budget has shrunk by Rs100 billion in terms of inflation.
“Whenever the budget is presented, a debate is held on it,” said the military’s spokesperson.
He maintained that India has been expanding its budget and the military had not increased its allocation since 2020.
“If you look at the defence budget from an inflationary perspective, then it has been reduced. The budget of the armed force, compared to the GDP, is constantly going down,” said Maj Gen Iftikhar.
The ISPR DG said that the armed forces took Rs100 billion less in the budget, adding that the forces have also reduced spending on utility bills.
“We have reduced unnecessary movement to save petrol and diesel,” he said, adding that the army has also started holding conferences online instead of arranging physical events that incur additional costs.
He also said that the armed forces returned Rs6 billion it had received during the coronavirus pandemic to the government.
On the Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) plan, he avoided commenting on it but maintained that "New Delhi had lobbied to get Pakistan blacklisted".
In light of Pervez Musharraf’s ailing health, he said the military leadership believes that the former army chief should return to Pakistan.
The military’s spokesperson said the final call for the ex-president’s return to Pakistan would be made by his family. “We have contacted his family. Once his family responds, we can make the required arrangements,” the military’s spokesperson said as he prayed for Musharraf's speedy recovery.
Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif also said last week he believed that no hurdles should be placed if the former dictator — who lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) — wanted to come back to Pakistan. Musharraf, 78, is critically ill these days as he is suffering from a condition called amyloidosis, his office said Friday.
Last week, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) — the political party established by Musharraf — said that he was taken back to his residence after three weeks of being admitted to the hospital, refuting the news of his death or him being on a ventilator.