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BERLIN: Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asim Bajwa in an interview with Deutsche Welle Urdu on Wednesday said the narrative that Pakistan has not done enough to fight terrorism was "unfair" as it did not recognise Pakistan's contributions to the war against terror.

In a rare and candid interview with DW Urdu’s Kishwar Mustafa, Bajwa said, “The world had abandoned Pakistan to handle and face the terrorists in the region alone, and Pakistan has completed the task”.

Bajwa also commented on the drone strike that killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour, accusations that Operation Zarb-i-Azb did not target the Haqqani network, as well as the internal displacement caused by the operation.

Read the full transcript of the interview translated from Urdu below or watch the interview here.

KM: There is a narrative in the West that Pakistan has not done enough in the war on error. How do you see it?

AB: I take it [the narrative] as quite an injustice to Pakistan. I take it as discrimination against Pakistan. Whichever you evaluate the matter, Pakistan has done a lot in the war against terrorism and for peace in the world.

Pakistan has played an unparalleled role against the Al Qaeda and all other terrorists that morphed over time, be it after Russian aggression in Afghanistan or the post-9/11 scenario.

I would like to say through your channel that it is injustice against Pakistan by the global community and that they did not do enough for Pakistan. They presented a flawed narrative, and they should recognise Pakistan’s perspective and morally support Pakistan.

KM: Keeping in mind the facts on the ground, 62 per cent of banned terrorist organisations are flourishing in southern Punjab. Yet Pakistan Army operates mainly in other areas and then Punjab comes somewhere down in their list. What is the reason behind this?

AB: When Operation Zarb-i-Azb was launched, the immediate problem was in Fata, particularly in North Waziristan. At that time, the entire world and people in Pakistan were saying North Waziristan is the “den of terrorists”.

They were planning and executing from there. Suicide bombers were being sent from there. So, an operation was started.

Forces launched operation in North Waziristan and then in Khyber Agency. At the same time, an innovation was created in which we have so far carried out over 18,000 intelligence based operations.

We have traced out facilitators of terrorists who were hiding in cities. More than 240 terrorists were killed in these operations. So that gives you an idea how deeply they were entrenched.

KM: During the North Waziristan operation, reports about the operation were not very transparent. Whatever was in the media came via the ISPR first. Would you please explain why the media was denied to access in the affected area?

AB: That is a western perception and perhaps you have the same reports because you are operating from a western country and looking at western media.

At that time Waziristan was a war torn area and it was impossible for journalists to visit there. However, we took people there at each and every stage of the operation. Upon reaching the area, we gave them a free pass to take a look around the area as they wish.

Now that the area has been cleared and people are returning home, they are requesting the army not to let the terrorists again come to their areas. For me, this is the clearest evidence of our success.

KM: A huge internal displacement occurred [as a result of the operation] and many died. Is it worth it to compel such a large number of civilians to be displaced? Do you think the army has achieved the results it wanted? Aren’t the people right to be frustrated?

AB: First of all, the prevailing frustration is a bit exaggerated. As far as displacement is concern, there are displacements, conflicts and crises in several places in the world, but there is no repatriation happening there. With the grace of Allah, we are an example to the world in this regard, as people have started repatriating to their homes after the operation.

There was a historical exodus from Swat and then people went back to their homes, and this is used as an example at the United Nations.

Similarly, people came out of Fata and Waziristan, and now they have started to resettle in their areas.

Now 62pc of internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been repatriated to their areas, and as per a comprehensive schedule, the remaining will return by the end of the current year.

Lastly, I would like to say that it was absolutely well worth it. You can better ascertain its true value from the people who have returned to witness their areas in a much better position compared to when they had been left.

KM: The army did a lot of operations, but we did not see measures of that level taken against Haqqani Network. Is there any specific reason for that?

AB: The question of the Haqqani Network has been raised again recently. At the start of the operation, we had declared that it would be against all terrorists without any discrimination.

A soldier in a warzone cannot discriminate among the terrorists and who belongs to which group. There were terrorists from the Haqqani Network, ETIM, IMU, Al Qaeda and TTP, there were Pakistanis and Afghans and other nationals, and we fought against all of them.

And at the time the global community, including the United States, had admitted that the operation was being carried out across the board and effectively.

KM: The manner in which US drones have targeted Pakistani soil, you are well aware that how disastrous such attacks can be for the sovereignty of a state. How have the Pakistani government and the army tolerated all this? Doesn’t Pakistan have a system to know about the drones in advance and do something about them?

AB: Pakistan had no technology to get information regarding drones in advance.

KM: Has the issue of drones been raised on any forum with the United States to know what it wants from Pakistan? What has been the US’ response?

AB: The issue has been raised at all levels, and Pakistan has been protesting against it and never accepted this and even today it is a cause of concern.

KM: The US has targeted Mullah Akhtar Mansour. Don’t the Pakistani intelligence and army have the power to target him? How do you see Pak-US relations in the current situation after Mansour’s elimination?

AB: In the case of Mullah Akhtar Mansour, he entered into Pakistan from another state and then he was traced and attacked. This is the issue Pakistan has been protesting.

Mansour was a part of the reconciliation process and was required to play his role for peace. You may know about the process in Murree, and then a few sittings in Islamabad for a comprehensive dialogue with the Taliban.

The murder of Mansour on Pakistani soil in this manner was regrettable only because Pakistan was not informed despite being an ally.

KM: Apparently, Pakistan has been isolated on regional level. Pakistan’s relations with Iran are sour, there are a lot of tussles with India. Pakistan will be more isolated if the situation moves in the current direction, and the domestic situation does not appear too stable either. What will be the future of Pakistan?

AB: Pakistan’s future is very bright and I am not saying this just as rhetoric. Ups and downs prevail in the foreign relations of all countries.

Afghanistan is a brotherly country of Pakistan. Currently the two countries have some issues over exchange of fire at Torkham on the issue of installation of gates on the border, but there is dialogue happening.

Border management is essential for both countries, without which there cannot be peace neither in Afghanistan nor in Pakistan.

KM: There are tensions between Pakistan and India regarding the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group. How strongly Pakistan can plead its case in this regard in the present situation?

AB: Look. There is only one major cause of tension between the two countries, and that is the long-standing issue of Kashmir.

As you know, developments are being made on diplomatic and political forums to engage India, but as a military spokesperson, I would like to say that India poses a threat to Pakistan and so our entire defense mechanism in India-specific.

I would like to add that it will be a cause of disturbance of the strategic stability in the region, besides being a step towards discrimination if only India is inducted in the NSG.

KM: There is a blame-game about terrorists between Pakistan and India, but without concrete results. Is Pakistan not capable enough of cleansing itself of terrorists? Will something concrete ever surface out of this blame-game between the two countries?

AB: I am astonished that you have raised question about Pakistan’s capability. Pakistan has wiped out the roots of terrorists, planted by others, and we have fought the entire world’s war in this region. The world then abandoned Pakistan to handle, manage and face the terrorists in the region all by itself.

Pakistan has completed this task. We have also cleaned Pakistan from terrorists and now we have reached the border. We have now been carrying out intelligence-based and combing operations to clean our country from terrorists.

With the grace of Allah, we have such a high success rate and made such massive operational gains that western countries, including Germany, praised Pakistan’s efforts and want to learn from Pakistan’s experience.

KM: The situation is not good in Kashmir, and on the other hand there are tensions in Balochistan. Pakistan claims that India is involved in destabilizing Balochistan. What is the current situation in Balochistan and what is the role of India there?

AB: Apparently you have linked Kashmir and Balochistan in your question, but in fact there is no link between the two.

Balochistan is a part of Pakistan. Some miscreants from the province have taken shelter abroad and are spreading propaganda that there is some sort of freedom movement or an out-of-control insurgency in Balochistan.

Please visit Balochistan and observe the situation. Yes, it is a fact that since the inception of Pakistan, the pace of development remained very slow in the province. But there is work on development, and the security situation has stabilised.

The province is being developed politically and physical infrastructure is also developing there. You may also know about the developments in Gwadar and across the province under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, which itself is a game-changer which will bring a revolution.

KM: Do you see any improvement in dialogue with the new Taliban leadership?

AB: Definitely, the killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansour was certainly a severe blow to the peace process, but Pakistan is very optimistic on all levels and is eager to go to any extent and bring peace to the border.

We want peace on our Western border and we also want to facilitate Afghanistan with the fruits of Operation Zarb-i-Azb.

KM: What is Pakistan going to offer Afghanistan, and do you think that the dialogue process will resume soon?

AB: It is premature to comment but what I can say is that Pakistan is very optimistic and is hopeful about the future of the peace dialogue.\

KM: One last question about the internal situation in Pakistan. How do you see the relations between the civilian government and the army in Pakistan? Isn’t there a visible gap?

AB: In my viewpoint, democracy is strengthening in Pakistan and has been receiving all possible support from the military. Consultations are made on all major issues of national security and whenever called, army supports the civilian government in various issues ranging from natural disasters to development works to law and order.

I believe things will get better in the time to come. Pakistan is the main interest of each and every Pakistani.

Comments (242) Closed

JQ Jun 23, 2016 11:50am

So Mr. Bajwa and company have realized that you are alone. But who will pay for the sacrifices?

Mohammad Jun 23, 2016 11:51am

Good words by bajwa sahib, one moto: Bring peace to the region.

Sajj Jun 23, 2016 11:53am

Totally agree!!

kp Jun 23, 2016 11:53am

Reality comes here, Sir your country is right while whole world is wrong?

M Taimur Jun 23, 2016 12:02pm

Do you mean they you?

Insaf Jun 23, 2016 12:04pm

Pakistan military wants to keep India specific issues alive for their domination. Unless there is attempt for peace without biased mind , there will be no development.

vicky Jun 23, 2016 12:09pm

You are not alone in the world ... you have non-state actors to support you strategically. The world is not blind, they see the double game you play.

MSD Jun 23, 2016 12:09pm

180 millions are with you. The "world" can't do in years that our army has done in months.

Asif A Jun 23, 2016 12:16pm

Very well said and put.

wajeeha ghori Jun 23, 2016 12:17pm

World specially america have given them billion of dollars but they could not utilize.

Mansoor Jun 23, 2016 12:17pm

Its because you created them to fight for your agenda, whether in Kashmir or Afghanistan

Prashant Jun 23, 2016 12:18pm

And who exactly started all this and keep supporting? World was fighting and even paying you to fight, what did you do? you used same funds for exactly opposite thing.

Ind Jun 23, 2016 12:29pm

World should be fair and appreciate Pak efforts & sacrifices.(Casualties & economically)

World should play its role by helping Pak in developing strong economy, good Education and finish jobless ness to uproot terrorism

Hope. Jun 23, 2016 12:30pm

Well said!

Jamal Jun 23, 2016 12:30pm

general sahb don't worry about what the world says, concentrate at home and help us with security, as the civilian apparatus is failing,be tough and restore peace please

Ravi Vancouver Jun 23, 2016 12:32pm

Talibans which formed various groups were shored up by US and Pakistan to counter soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Monsters once created are very difficult to curtail, it caused lot of problems to Pakistan, still price is being paid with bad security and huge economic losses. Now Pakistan is getting success in dealing with this menance but still lot to be done.

Satt Jun 23, 2016 12:33pm

Few days back Pakistan said it cannot fight Afghanistan's war and now they are saying nobody is helping them to fight their own war.

Abbas Jun 23, 2016 12:33pm

It's time to reap. Stop complaining.

xyz-Indian Jun 23, 2016 12:36pm

The question is simple sir, We agree to your statement , but why so many people are still joining terrorism has not been answered by you.

What is Pakistan plan to answer my second question ? Please answer that .

Dilip Thorat Jun 23, 2016 12:35pm

Totally agree with Bjwa.

Ahsan Gul Jun 23, 2016 12:36pm

Well, Pakistan knows this story - this has happned before twice. Once 1971 and the other right after Russians defeat in Afghnistan that USA left it to defend itself. When we are going to learn? We need to develop our resources and national unity. Erradicate corruption and remove self serving politicians from our country and we should be Ok.

Mola Jutt Jun 23, 2016 12:37pm

There's a part of me that wants to say to the Pak Army - what on earth did you expect would happen?...It is time for Pakistan to put as stringent border controls as are applied on its citizens across the world and do business with the world on equal terms.

waqas ahmed Jun 23, 2016 12:37pm

Pakistan should need some loud voices who can represents there case in international community. Up -o some extend army leadership playing better role to developed ties with different countries.

noob Jun 23, 2016 12:38pm

Glad to read the title of the article. May we heed and stand on our own feet to fight "our" issues instead of "theirs".

ayazali Jun 23, 2016 12:40pm

Our govt should keep continously watching and dealing the working of a block consisting India , Iran and Afghanistan for destabilising teh PAkistan.

Solve the Problems Jun 23, 2016 12:43pm

What a story to tell.... Does anybody believe it?

SKS Jun 23, 2016 12:54pm

Why should the world stand by you to clean your own backyard?

Sunil Jun 23, 2016 12:54pm

Question yourself why and you will get the answer Mr. Bajwa.

Sunil Jun 23, 2016 12:55pm

You are keeping some, who are using the soil and not taking action against them.

Aj Jun 23, 2016 12:56pm

I'm sorry, but isn't this of your own making ?? Surely the rest of us didn't hear you ask us when you started this problem. Why should we be helpful now ?

ForGodsake Jun 23, 2016 12:59pm

You are absolutely spot on, General!!!

Namo Jun 23, 2016 12:58pm

Why blame anyone else for your problems?

Pakistan Jun 23, 2016 12:59pm

It was quite obvious that the man interviewing the General was tutored and a spokesman of NATO than Germany. I think he let down his country and his Channel.

ShameOnYou Jun 23, 2016 01:02pm

The military spokesman went on to say that Pakistan's "entire defence mechanism is India-specific" as "India poses a threat to Pakistan". - Live and die in fear. You can't do better.

VEN Jun 23, 2016 01:04pm

India does not pose any threat. In the past 10,000 years, it has not coveted any other country or its lands. It will defend its land always with from invaders.

Ramesh Nakhwa Jun 23, 2016 01:06pm

same old excuses and same old actions. If after 30 years they say Russian aggression and after 70 years they say Kashmir

Asif Jun 23, 2016 01:06pm

Maybe if you stop differentiating between a good taleban and a bad taleban,the world would pay more attention.

Sri Jun 23, 2016 01:10pm

If India is indeed a threat why were all wars started off by Pakistan...or has the history been taught the other way around there..

Parag Shripad Jun 23, 2016 01:13pm

Talk something new..

A shah Jun 23, 2016 01:12pm

Well it's Pakistans policy of the Good and Bad terrorists which has isolated the country.

Inayat Jun 23, 2016 01:13pm

"democracy has been strengthening in Pakistan and it has been receiving all possible support from the military."

Till the time this mentality of military supporting democracy exists, Pakistan will suffer, Sir, you need to take orders from democracy if you want to empower people.

Guns and gangs never help country to grow, its education,knowledge and governance.

VEN Jun 23, 2016 01:14pm

For peace to reign, stop supporting any and all terrorists. No need for sacrifices when Pakistan is peaceful.

Tango C Jun 23, 2016 01:16pm

Please get a grip. This is our own making and we will leave with this for long.

turbo Jun 23, 2016 01:14pm

@Ramesh Nakhwa dude let the Kashmiris decide instead of crushing their voice with your military presence in the valley!

Raim Singh behkhudi Jun 23, 2016 01:17pm

Bajwa Saab speaks the truth.

Lalit Jun 23, 2016 01:18pm

Bajwa, Is he Muslim? if not than he has done well in Pakistan army to reach high ranks. (only reason I asked this, as I have my best friend is also Bajwa and he is Hindu)

Khan Jun 23, 2016 01:19pm

Pak Army's frustration is genuine. They have got several success in battle ground but civil governments lose in the diplomatic front. That's our real problem and it continues.

Indian Jun 23, 2016 01:20pm

I don't think we need Pakistan in the current status. It will pull the progress of India if we would get these many illiterate and fanatics.

Ahmad Khan Jun 23, 2016 01:23pm

"For the world to say Pakistan has not done enough in the war on terror is discrimination". Pakistan vs the World. Come on, does this mean that all the world is wrong and lying, and only PK is right. There must be something wrong in PK. I think PK needs to revise its foreign policy. The only way to compete in todays world is to compete economically, socially and technologically. Military and proxy games (bad terrorists and good terrorists) are no longer a valid tool to compete.

Ali S Jun 23, 2016 01:28pm

He admits that "Pakistan's entire defense mechanism is India-specific" (rather than Pakistan-specific as it should be) and then complains that the rest of the world doesn't do enough to help us. This is in one line summarizes the crux of the whole problem.

Ash Jun 23, 2016 01:32pm

Good terrorist bad terrorist. Now what.

Aimal Jun 23, 2016 01:34pm

To rejoin the committee of the nations of the world, it is important first to own up the responsibility that Pakistan has played a crucial role to create the nemesis called Taliban and secondly to understand that this so called strategic asset without exception can be a deadly weapon of self destruction for the country. Avoid the duplicity and act in the interest of your own good.

VEN Jun 23, 2016 01:34pm

Deliver what you promise in terms of dealing with terrorists and the world will NOT abandon you.

Sunny Jun 23, 2016 01:37pm

Who created?

Fried Chillies Jun 23, 2016 01:50pm

Pakistani leadership is leading it's citizens down a self sympathizing path enforcing the feeling of being victimized.

Everyone in each and every corner of the world including first world and third world fight their daily battles. It's a given Parr of life.

Patriot Jun 23, 2016 01:55pm

This is due to the fact that we don't have formalized foreign office, no foreign minister who go and fight the war of words on behalf of our state. All the world powers see us corrupt. Why would they talk to a nation whose leader is accused of corruption, for angiography goes to foreign land. Would we invest in a company whose directors are corrupt!! A simple question to us all.

gary Jun 23, 2016 02:00pm

@Mohammad Destroy all the goons.

ismail Jun 23, 2016 02:03pm

No more mony no more war. Now the time to built the country rather then play other wars.

wiserneighbour Jun 23, 2016 02:06pm

Mr.Bajwa,Terrorism is your state policy and it was a genie in a bottle.Still you protect international designated terrorists as strategic assets.OBL was found in your backyard.Mansour is the butcher of innocent Afghans.He had Pakistani papers.If you still differentiate between good and bad terrorists,this is what happens.Internationally declared Terrorists are arranging public functions and fund raising.Still give all support to terror outfits to attack your neighbours.So your words don't reflect the reality.

Rashid Sultan Jun 23, 2016 02:07pm

Unadulterated obsession. How is India a threat to Pakistan? When was it ever a threat since the division of the spoils? It is about time the nation is informed of reality. It is well known and accepted that India is not revisionist i.e. not inclined to add geographical territory. On the other hand we are known to be a revisionist state. We couldn't keep what we had because of our racism and superior attitude towards our fellow Muslim Bengalis but we want Kashmir. Why? We made successive attempts militarily, most recent being in 1999, to add Kashmir to our domain. We created the terrorists and have been nurturing them since 1947/48. Why should anyone else want to help us rid of them. They roam freely in our cities and we don't have the courage to imprison & try them. Why?

khanm Jun 23, 2016 02:07pm

World abandoned Pakistan to face terrorists alone: Asim Bajwa...Sir the government had and has abandoned this entire nation... i guess what goes around comes around.. Basic human contact - the meeting of eyes, the exchanging of words - is to the psyche what oxygen is to the brain. If you're feeling abandoned by the world, interact with your own nation if you can...cos they have not abandoned Pakistan as yet.....

Khan , USA Jun 23, 2016 02:18pm

So finally accepted the fact that we are alone and stranded by our failed foreign policies !

shehzad Jun 23, 2016 02:18pm

Good point. Pakistan has to put out its message across.

Diplomacy has not been one of Pakistan's strong points. In the current scenario where Nawaz Sharif is both the PM and FM, nothing better can come out of him.

Khan , USA Jun 23, 2016 02:18pm

@MSD and what was that ?

50 Shades of Khaki Jun 23, 2016 02:19pm

World did not ask you to forward your foreign policy agenda using non-state actors. You had an option in 2001 - You could have joined the so-called alliance wholeheartedly or completely stayed away like Iran did. You did neither.

Syed Chishti Jun 23, 2016 02:23pm

Pakistan has to become self dependent in fighting its own war against internal&external terrorism.Pakistan has to realize the potential of its geographical location&its potential to grow out of scourge of terrorism&internal crisis of bad governance.

Pakistan needs to clean up all pockets of insurgents particularly located in KPK,Baluchistan,Punjab,&in some parts of Sindh.

Pakistan must block and intensify its control of porous border on its eastern and western borders. Increase border security forces. Create thousands of check posts across these borders with effective control of all sorts of trade routes.

Block all infiltration from both east and west borders. Close all traffic of all kinds that brings terrorism into Pakistan.

Pakistan army must punished all terrorist, proven abetors and those guilty of sponsoring terrorism and funding to promote terrorism.

All corruption in all forms of its manifestations must be routed out from all walks of life.

Enhance nuclear security.

Syed Jun 23, 2016 02:23pm

Rid Pakistan for no one but our future generations. All cost and sacrifice is acceptable but we need to be rid of terriorist and their abettor.

The civilian establishment and politicians (of all hue) also now need to sort themselves out. For far too long they have held back the development for their own personal gains.

Shahid Jun 23, 2016 02:24pm

@VEN really!

Guest Jun 23, 2016 02:26pm

Thanks to the Army for mainlining peace and tranquility in Pakistan and the whole region. Only China appreciates this fact.

Socrates of Gilgit-Baltistan Jun 23, 2016 02:27pm

Pakistan's whole security machanism is Inda specific; yes it is true and the the whole world knows that it is because of the unresolved issue of Kashmir that is the bone of contention of the ensuing animosity but what is the logic behind to keep it intact when the corrupt to the core politicians and breaucrates of the country are not espousing the militry's veiws? They have thousand ways at their disposal and countless faces to devise ways in their relentless efforts to mercilessly plunder the wealth and resources of the body politic. The militry says India is our rival bend upon annihilate us but the accidental politicians says no there is nothing wrong in persuing out personel interests with India and we have nothing to do with the country or the nation at the first periorty.

TechnoKraft Jun 23, 2016 02:29pm

A few incidents in Mumbai can send out a strong signal that Pakistan is really fighting back. Staying on defensive will not work Pakistan will need to go on offensive

Logic Jun 23, 2016 02:36pm

@Lalit , No he is not they have surnames like Bajwa, Rajput , Randhawa which are common in both Hindus and Muslims..

Zak Jun 23, 2016 02:37pm

World abandoned Pakistan to face terrorists alone: Asim Bajwa

China,KSA,Turkey are our friends and partners have been with us , standing shoulder to shoulder and will not like this statement.

Houlbelat Jun 23, 2016 02:40pm

@Lalit : Go back to elementary school to study history basics.

zakirAliAbc Jun 23, 2016 02:43pm

Whatever you say, the would will not help you if you distinguish between good and bad terrorist.

noman Jun 23, 2016 02:44pm

Mr Bajwa, this is not the 19th century where you could impose your narrative on the nation, regardless of facts. No matter what you say, pakistan stands isolated due to the flawed policies of your institution. If you had supported civilians rather than targeting them, you would not be alone today. Who are we fooling when we say that the military supports democracy? Do we pakistani not know how the military use dharnas to give elected governments strokes and heart attacks? Who has chased our entire top political leadership out of the country? And who has protected individuals that have been guilty of abrogating the constitution and imposing marshal laws????

Skkk Jun 23, 2016 02:46pm

The whole world and trillions of dollars, tech could not do against a rag tag milita in 15 years what they r asking Pakistan to do. Not fair!

Voice of Reason Jun 23, 2016 02:50pm

I live in the UK and do not know who the current head of the British Army is. I do not know his views on any subject and we do not hear about what they think of government policy.

I am not sure the world is isolating Pakistan - I think they are just frustrated with it. If tomorrow Pakistan said that there will be zero tolerance for any group threatening your neighbours that would help.

IND-WB Jun 23, 2016 02:53pm

Where is China ?

Sheeda Tully Jun 23, 2016 02:54pm

what of coalition support fund?

Khwarezmi Jun 23, 2016 02:54pm

It's every country for it's self. Pakistan will be wise to fence the eastern border, and develop nuclear submarines with ICBM capabilities.

Sheeda Tully Jun 23, 2016 02:55pm

may be the world realised, we cannot do it and looked for other partners?

سے Shaam (Hanafi) Jun 23, 2016 02:56pm

Mr. Bajwa how can the World (195 Countries, excluding Pakistan) be always wrong and Pakistan always right? I thought the military (Stratocracy) was smarter than JAMURIHAT in Pakistan.

Tamil Guru Jun 23, 2016 02:57pm

Pakistan needs a complete revamp of its internal security and external foreign policy by a civilian government to survive. Until the civilian government is non corrupt and clean, the military will always have reasons to intervene in all aspects of running the country.

Bamboodoor Jun 23, 2016 03:02pm

@Khan What successes you are referring to? 1965, 1971, or 1998?

Waqas Shaikh Jun 23, 2016 03:02pm

While Gen Bajwa's comments are correct, however; it is not the job of ISPR to discuss Foreign Policy issues with international media. It is the job of Foreign Office to it.

The biggest problem Pakistan faces is Military involvement in political affairs of the country.

Military should realize that Pakistan is their country too and if they continue to interfere in political affairs, the country will not prosper and their current and future generation will suffer too.

shubs Jun 23, 2016 03:04pm

@Sri "...or has the history been taught the other way around there.."

Is that a trick question?

turbo Jun 23, 2016 03:04pm

they need more dollars!

Ash Jun 23, 2016 03:05pm

Zarb-i-Azb. What is this name. How many of people even understand the meaning.

shubs Jun 23, 2016 03:07pm

@TechnoKraft "A few incidents in Mumbai can send out a strong signal that Pakistan is really fighting back. Staying on defensive will not work Pakistan will need to go on offensive"

Is that a threat?

Anil Kumar Jun 23, 2016 03:06pm

I am surprised.In modern times,information travels and spreads at the speed of light. Something to ponder...why did the whole world abandon Pakistan?We as free nations shape our own destiny through our actions.

imran khan Jun 23, 2016 03:12pm

sir the world does not care about you when you dont care about yourself.

Mady Jun 23, 2016 03:14pm

The world is fed up with establishment's connivance and duplicity on terrorism. The world has almost zero expectation from you.

Bamboodoor Jun 23, 2016 03:15pm

Dear Friend, Hatred is bad. It's been 70 years now. 2 generations! Please realise that Indian Kashmir will never be yours. Accept it and move forward. Don't get stuck in a time of 70 years of the past. Old saying is that "My enemy's enemy is my friend." Does not work anymore. Don't befriend a python. He is opportunistic, and will gulp you at the right time. There is an old Hindi saying that "an open minded aggressive enemy is much better than a sick slithering friend." The option is yours.

Jay Jun 23, 2016 03:24pm

I almost broke down when I read this. Then I remembered all the "assets" that the clever strategists in the agencies nurtured and the tears quickly dried out. I suggest Me.Bajwa also do the same.

A shah Jun 23, 2016 03:26pm

Oh come on, still blaming Russia after all these years? And India after 70 years? Move on please, nothing to see here!

Tamil Guru Jun 23, 2016 03:26pm

@Zak says :-> China, KSA, Turkey are our friends.

There are 196 countries in the world, they need to be your friends too..

AHA Jun 23, 2016 03:27pm

World message is clear - Clean your mess.....

wishing pak indian humanity Jun 23, 2016 03:28pm

Mr bajwa, if only one person disagree with you may be that person is wrong. But whole world is disagreeing with you then definitely you are wrong

Ednanayub Jun 23, 2016 03:30pm

Great interview by Gen AB.

Harmony-1© Jun 23, 2016 03:29pm

@Voice of Reason - Appreciate you "live in the UK" but don't compare any country with your UK prism!

prem Jun 23, 2016 03:32pm

India centric and army pleasing policies mean this isolation will continue,learn to stop double standards...good terrorist and bad terrorists, the day Pakistan starts looking inwards ,the problems will be solved.

Rahman Jun 23, 2016 03:31pm

No you are not alone. India, too is paying price for your reckless foray into unknown!

Idealist Jun 23, 2016 03:35pm

Director-General Saab haven't we already received the amount of 742 million dollars from US congress this year.

SB Jun 23, 2016 03:36pm

One can't find fault in others for own mistake , repeated mistake...Better change policies..Late is better than never

Desi Dimag Jun 23, 2016 03:37pm

What Modi told..."Who harbour the terrorism will be separeted".

Pakistan the Asian Super Power Jun 23, 2016 03:44pm

@Mola Jutt :- Equal terms :) What do you have to give to world except hundreds of thousands of terrorist . Equal terms works when you have something to sell to the world in return. Name any one. :)

Ehsan Jun 23, 2016 03:46pm

The intimidation of isolation and the clouds of fear about foreign policy of Pakistan are always mingling. Pakistan have to strengthen its ties with the bordering states and also nail the perpetrators responsible for massive killings inside Pakistan. MR. AB has grappled the situation with quite maturity and has successfully defended the Pakistani stance on all issues at this international fora. More over the establishment and civil government should air the Indian involvement in promoting insurgency in the remote areas of Pakistan and CPEC route destabilization. The quad lateral dialogue process should not be halted at any cost and its a key to the peaceful future of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

raj Jun 23, 2016 03:47pm

Its your deeds that landed you in such a position. Everything is your fault why blame the world. Go dig history and you will know how you played the terror and still your playing with the good and bad. I am just waiting for the day when Jud and likes show their real face and again you will say the world has left you alone.

Sri1 Jun 23, 2016 03:48pm

@Guest " Thanks to the Army for mainlining peace in Pakistan and the whole region. Only China appreciates this fact."

Peace and tranquility in the whole region? In Pakistan? Do you even read this paper headlines everyday? Tomorrow if the Uighurs erupt In the Xinjiang province and the dots connect back home, what do you think China will do? The Chinese are practical, if they can coexist with India and profit, they will at the expense of their "deepest friends", but you will only realize when you get bitten - yet again.

raj Jun 23, 2016 03:48pm

@MSD why expect others to clean your mess, your suppose to do it yourself.

anand tiwari Jun 23, 2016 03:51pm

@turbo Although kashmir is a bilateral issue after shimla declaration but as you people discuss a lot about UN resolution do uknow as per it india has authorized. To keep its forces there while pakistan has to withdraw frm Ur side of kashmir before plebiscite.

Vikram Jun 23, 2016 03:52pm

@SKS Because terrorism is an international threat. But the question they really want to clean their backyard??

Sri1 Jun 23, 2016 03:55pm

Some things ought to have been nipped in the bud in the boys' own backyard, but the strategic depth fantasies kept them playing with wildfire. In spite of this, the US takes responsibility and keeps funding generously, just for the original sin. Is there any other nation in the world that gets those many freebies for the past fifteen years?When one keeps biting the hands that feed it and expect to be fed more and more, this is what happens.

noob Jun 23, 2016 03:56pm

Well well well, I can't believe my eyes. So many people have started waking up? The most truthful comments are recommended most! This nation's going to stand up and do what should have been done when I was a first grader: 'nip the evil in the bud'.

bhardwaj Jun 23, 2016 04:01pm

As per musraf good terriost & bad terriost

ABDUL MUQTADIR Jun 23, 2016 04:03pm

what is he doing in Germany on taxpayers expenses?

ABDUL MUQTADIR Jun 23, 2016 04:05pm

@Insaf Excellent analysis. However, what you suggested will make GHQ unimportant and dwindle so its not going to happen.

ABDUL MUQTADIR Jun 23, 2016 04:09pm

You are good PR.I propose to make you the Foreign Minister. This action will built image of Pakistan and your replacement in ISPR may let go the cover you created for the GHQ.

Nitin Jun 23, 2016 04:10pm

Pakistan choose the path to nurture non state actors as a state policy. Thats why now, Pakistan is reaping what it had sowed.

mumtaz shah Jun 23, 2016 04:14pm

And who created them and for what dreams to be fulfilled ?????

Kash Jun 23, 2016 04:14pm

Its NOT the world; its you who decided to get ruined and sadly its all because of DOLLARS

Farooq Jawed Jun 23, 2016 04:15pm

Somebody ought to tell him that with the policies he follows that the terrorists will always exist in Pakistan. All he has to do is to look in the mirror and he will see the image that the rest of the world sees of Pakistani leadership.

Jagmohan Jun 23, 2016 04:16pm

@Lalit He is a Muslim. There are Muslim Patels and many other castes who are Hindus Muslims and Sikh.

Farooq Jawed Jun 23, 2016 04:19pm

@MSD Enlighten us, what has the Pakistani Military accomplished since its inception except to consume most of Pakistan's resources.

Kamal Paseha. Jun 23, 2016 04:24pm

First it was Osama, then Mulla Umer and now Haqqani. Haqqani group is not involved in terrorism on Pakistani soil and if they are involved in Afghanistan, they should do more. Now Pakistan should eliminate those who hurt Pakistan.

Sk Jun 23, 2016 04:27pm

Because u couldn't abandon the 'good' terrorists.

Timeto stopthis Jun 23, 2016 04:29pm

@Zak Isnt it sad that out of 200 countries in the world, you can count on only 3 as your friends?

Jatt Jun 23, 2016 04:33pm

Bajwa Saab is totally right in what he said.

AKKS Jun 23, 2016 04:33pm

@vicky , "You are not alone in the world ... you have non-state actors to support you strategically. The world is not blind, they see the double game you play."

Excellent comments Vicky! Couldn't agree more!

Saher Jun 23, 2016 04:36pm

Some tough questions for Mr. bajwa there.. :)

Ilias from NL Jun 23, 2016 04:38pm

@Insaf ...of course until !ndia would resolve the Kashmir matter at first hand unconditionally !

UD Jun 23, 2016 04:39pm

Do your soul search. Why it is so ? You will find an answer.

Ilias from NL Jun 23, 2016 04:40pm

@vicky ...When you are talking about the strategic depth of any state affairs Yes everyone playing a double game including where you from ;)

Waseem Sarwar Jun 23, 2016 04:41pm

First of all, US pays Pakistan for usage of logistics and military aid for their own interests and they are suppose to pay due to invoices by Pakistan government. Pakistan need to work with Iran for gas pipeline for our own energy needs. I wouldn't worry too much about India and Afghanistan doesn't matter to us anymore. We need better relations in trade with Iran and China.

Waseem Sarwar Jun 23, 2016 04:42pm

@Satt , did you even read the article? He is saying the world left us after Soviet union war ended and Pakistan had to took care of all those militants which were supported by whole world then. He didn't said for a minute that world is leaving them now. World countries know that they need Pakistan for peace in Afghanistan.

Kaly Jun 23, 2016 04:49pm

@Rashid Sultan - Very very correct analysis....

Bamboodoor Jun 23, 2016 04:51pm

Please note that the best friend Pakistan can have is India. We are United by thousands of years of civilisation. There are thousands of things common between us. Unfortunately all the 3 wars after 1947 were initiated by your politicians for local personal gains. Ultimately we common people on both the sides of the border suffered.

Hassan Jun 23, 2016 04:50pm

Because we are winning the War, and the West is no happy

mirza Jun 23, 2016 04:52pm

As long as the west continue supporting puppet and corrupt regimes, its impossible for army to fight this terrorism alone. Western Democracy in this part of the world itself has become a plant for Financial corruption and fertilizer of terrorism. Afghanistan if need anything should direct its demands to USA n Collations countries who invaded its territory, Pakistan has nothing to do with it.

mirza Jun 23, 2016 04:58pm

Oh ya we can also offer Afghanistan to take their 3.5 million plus refugee's, so that they can go back and re-build their country.

Bamboodoor Jun 23, 2016 05:00pm

Actually the whole World Chessboard changed when OBL was caught in a military cantonment area in Abottabad!

Khurram Jun 23, 2016 05:04pm

Have a clear policy on terrorism first, then the world will be with you.

Logic Jun 23, 2016 05:09pm

@Waseem Sarwar , As if India worries about you.. Pakistan still requests Indian govt for flood warning system.. So make your self self dependent before boasting..

AG Babar Jun 23, 2016 05:14pm

To all the scholars commenting here; 1. Every state pursues its goal through popular and unpopular means. 2. Those making decisions are as loyal as u r and more qualified than most of Cyber Intellectuals and warriors. 3. Stop complaining and do ur job as a citizen, as a parent 4. If u dnt like their policies DO NOT elect them again and again. peace.....

President trump Jun 23, 2016 05:16pm

the reality is you allowed the mullah to flourish and that allowed the extremist mindset to be embedded into Pakistani society - you reap what you sow

Zafar Ahmed Jun 23, 2016 05:17pm

US & allies abandoned Pakistan to handle and face the terrorists in the region alone with some strategic plan to destabilize the country under the "Great Game Plan" or under the "New World Plan"

Jami Khan Jun 23, 2016 05:32pm

You created them, You trained them, You used them, You have to face them.

Jawas Jun 23, 2016 05:35pm

What America can do for Pakistan. Their own security institutions incompetent. Look at FBI, their budget, and their output. They could not predict and mitigate Orlando massacre even though they were having s lot of information about the killer.

So believe in your self, improve yourself, bring advancement in your security systems and be more competent. Bring high tech in every thing. No one has abandoned you. In fact other countries cannot change the mind set of Pakistanis that has been developed in last three decades.

Sri Jun 23, 2016 05:36pm

@Kamal Paseha. This is precisely the mentality that is bringing your country down..

Indus Jun 23, 2016 05:37pm

@Ilias from NL Keep dreaming And keep suffering. Think rationally for progress . Kashmir problem is not for Pakistan to resolve

Qamar Abbas Jun 23, 2016 05:37pm

You are still playing the good and bad Taliban. Making jokes with foreign policy. Still not sincere with your people.

Abdullah Jun 23, 2016 05:55pm

Please give a room to civilians to run a foriegn policy, the results of existing foriegn policy are not that great.
Change the narratives of good and bad terrorists,

lafanga Jun 23, 2016 06:01pm

@SKS "Why should the world stand by you to clean your own backyard?"

Because our neighbors have been dumping their trash in our backyard.

dgoy Jun 23, 2016 06:01pm

Well said General Bajwa

Aisha Jun 23, 2016 06:05pm

As if Germany will help us? Most arrogant nation on earth! And what about our "own policies?" Why blame others for our own mistakes? These policies of ours caused these problems not the world. Isolation may happen cause of others but remember this one is isolated usually cause of one's own actions that alienate themselves and others.

lafanga Jun 23, 2016 06:11pm

@noman "Do we pakistani not know how the military use dharnas to give elected governments strokes and heart attacks? Who has chased our entire top political leadership out of the country?"

Last 8 years have been civilian rule. Five by PPP and then three by PMLN. Military has not been in power during this time. Let's look at some of the indicators of civilian rule.

Has the Pakistan economy, health and education improved in this time? How about the external debt now? Care to comment about the load shedding and consumer price index? How about good governance? And let's not even bring up Panama papers. What about law and order in Karachi? How about the crumbling infrastructure? BUT we have Metros now.

See you can blame the military for whatever you want but the fact remains. IF the civilian leadership was honest and corruption free, Nawaz Sharif would be more popular than Raheel Sharif.

Shujaat Khan Jun 23, 2016 06:12pm

You have the 5th largest Army in the World and well equipped tackle it Gen Bajwa.

Dee Kay Jun 23, 2016 06:14pm

Ppl of Pak need to realize that no one in India wants to attack Pak. All we want is lasting peace based on LOC as final border so that poverty can be attacked and development can occur.

lafanga Jun 23, 2016 06:14pm

@Jami Khan "You created them, You trained them, You used them, You have to face them."

Nope. America created them, Saudis paid for them and Pakistan trained them. When the time came to face and rehabilitate them, US said goodbye and left the entire mess for Pakistan to resolve.

GNR Jun 23, 2016 06:18pm

And what about addressing terrorism at grass root level from madrasas. Some of them are bound to be future terrorists.

lafanga Jun 23, 2016 06:18pm

@Indian "I don't think we need Pakistan in the current status. It will pull the progress of India if we would get these many illiterate and fanatics."

There are more illiterate and fanatics in India than the total population of Pakistan or have you forgotten about RSS, VHP, Shiv Sena etc etc.

aslam shaikh1 Jun 23, 2016 06:20pm

Pakistan is being terrorized by state funded terrorism. The whole World can see it. Our politicians are bought by other states easily so Army is our first and last line of defence. They have laid down their lives to get rid of these mercenaries Sent to destabilize Pakistan. The whole World can see the terrorist networks uncovered and where the financial trail ends.

farhan Jun 23, 2016 06:22pm

well said Mr. Bajwa. precisely raised the issue of Pakistan internationally...where is our elected government...

lafanga Jun 23, 2016 06:23pm

@President trump Had Soviets not invaded Afghanistan in 1979 resulting in Pakistan's inclusion to help the US defeat the Soviets, Pakistan would be 1000 times better off by now with economy, peace and security. Fact.

Khalid Jun 23, 2016 06:28pm

We don't have Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Army is telling the world what is happening in Pakistan. What a shame.

Tamil Guru Jun 23, 2016 06:30pm

@lafanga says :-> have you forgotten about RSS, VHP, Shiv Sena etc etc.

Even if you assume all the above are bad, at least they are kept under total control

Tamil Guru Jun 23, 2016 06:36pm

@lafanga says :-> Had Soviets not invaded Afghanistan in 1979 resulting in Pakistan's inclusion to help the US defeat the Soviets, Pakistan would be 1000 times better off by now with economy, peace and security.

If you did not go to fight someone else's war in the first place and minded your own business, you would be not 1000 but 10,000 times better off in economy, peace and security.

sohail Jun 23, 2016 06:35pm

@kp I can see your point, but unfortunately this is relaity a bitter reality world has double standards one for india and one for pakistan. they cannot see indian atrocities.

cat Jun 23, 2016 06:41pm


And yet Pakistanis are still getting killed... In other words what precisely have you people done in months?

Mandar Jun 23, 2016 06:41pm

World Abandoned Pakistan....Asim bajawa....why it is happened? Needed Serious thinking......

K Jun 23, 2016 06:50pm

It is a wrong assessment. Pak army certainly sacrificed a lot for the country But country has been severely defeated politically. Politicians of the country are either unqualified to rule or extremely subservient to their lords in Washington and now even in India. In order to bring peace and prosperity to people of Pak, first step MUST BE to get rid off All the inept and corrupt so called leaders who can NOT even give a coherent speech let alone called leaders, an alarming fact. A leader must be visionary who can First bring Peace in Pak through fair justice system of Law & order and then bring commerce and Unity among parties on National interests.

M.Jamal Jun 23, 2016 06:53pm

If you want to handle the issue of terrorism,please get rid of corruption and nepotism in our country

anon Jun 23, 2016 06:54pm

@Rashid Sultan Excellent points, Rashid Sultanji.

Abu Adam Jun 23, 2016 07:08pm

Its really funny that Indian trolls here commenting that who created these terrorists expecting that the readers don't know the whole truth...who created OBL....?jalauddin haqqani was invited to Whitehouse and what President Reagan said about him...? Anybody who has slightest doubt plz Google it and u will find an amazing statement...of course Pakistan is left alone and the reason is that NATO thought 15 years back that they will smoke Taliban but now as they run having tails between their legs they need someone to blame and that's where Pakistan comes....And involvement of India to solve Taliban problem shows the level of US desperation

Abdulla Hussain Jun 23, 2016 07:27pm

A very intelligent reminder to america and the western world to behave properly with Pakistan. Everything is not yet solved in the region. Pakistan's help will again be required. Biased attitude towards Pakistan will never bring any fruitful results. Pakistan will never ever accept India's dominance in the region specially in Afghanistan.

anony Jun 23, 2016 07:29pm

Excellent interview by Asim Bajwa. Long live Pak Army.

SHAHID MAHMOOD Jun 23, 2016 07:52pm

@vicky what about most of the world turning a blind eye to what is being done to Pakistan by certain countries. i.e. destabilising Pakistan .

joe Jun 23, 2016 07:55pm

@Lalit I am surprised that you have no idea of the following surname in Pakistan .. Bedi,chaudary,Malik,Rana,bajwa, bhutt,shah,rajput ..I can go on. Their forefathers ..

joe Jun 23, 2016 07:58pm

@Socrates of Gilgit-Baltistan I am impressed

lafanga Jun 23, 2016 08:02pm

@Tamil Guru "Even if you assume all the above are bad, at least they are kept under total control"

So you mean to say GOI controls these groups? This sounds much worst than my original comment.

lafanga Jun 23, 2016 08:07pm

@Tamil Guru Pakistan didn't have a free will in this matter. Americans had the Soviets right where they wanted them. They could ONLY defeat the Soviets with Pakistan's help so there was a lot of pressure on Pakistan from the US plus military and civilian aid and looking away from the nuclear program help persuade Pakistan to join in. It was still a mistake in the hindsight but one that Pakistan could not avoid easily.

Rohail Jun 23, 2016 08:12pm

Very well said. West used these elements to win their war against Russia initially and left when not needed. They paid price for that. Now again and then they blame Pakistan for exporting terror. Don't they understand the heavy price for security? Listen what Generals are telling you.

azaad Jun 23, 2016 08:12pm

Good words, no doubt. But, Pakistan did help and fund these guys for a very long time. This is payback time, let us all pray that the brave army does eliminate this scourge once and for all. Jinnah's Pakistan has no place for these fanatics.

Fikri Azadi Jun 23, 2016 08:19pm

Well you are absolutely right, Mr. Bajwa . How could you be wrong. I think we abandoned Pakistan more than the world , you are mentioning, did. Did we not?

There is an African Proverb, "If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm"

Sri Jun 23, 2016 08:24pm

@Rashid Sultan if only more people understood the real situation

flying star Jun 23, 2016 08:26pm

@MSD yes

Love Pakistan Jun 23, 2016 08:29pm

The nation have seen the photos and videos of killed,arrested,and wounded ttp members in Swat operations,in zarb e Azb operation the nation is kept in dark,DG ISPR says they killed thousands of ttp members,including foreign terrorists,but the nation have seen no photo video of the killed,wounded ,and arrested terrorists,not even in social media.Only footages seen are old file videos.And above all KPK govt have allocated Rs300Million in Budget for the Molana Sami ulhaq,robbing public money,I am sure DG ISPR is aware of this .

Tariq Jun 23, 2016 09:02pm

@lafanga us never said hood by they realised their mistakes and still trying to fix the things problem is pak trying to use taliban still

Vin Jun 23, 2016 09:09pm

Who let the genie out ? Pak made some tough choices in the last 65+ years and is facing problems. Pakistan is in no position blame others. Cold war powers used Pakistan for their policies and have now left Pakistan alone. Trained diplomats rarely look for short cuts. Unfortunately, foreign affairs has never been strong in Pakistan Government. Pakistan can still turn around, but it involves a lot of struggle

Naseer Jun 23, 2016 09:12pm

I did not read the article. My suggestion to Mr. Bajwa is to fix the house without asking the whole world for help. Where there is a will, there is a way.

mm Jun 23, 2016 09:20pm


Parvez Jun 23, 2016 09:23pm

.....and Pakistans leaders abandoned Pakistan a long time ago.

R.K. Mohindra Jun 23, 2016 09:23pm

@Abbas Agree, Sir

Sadia Ashraf Jun 23, 2016 09:33pm

My dear fellows World is absolutely right Because all pakistan can ever do is think and implement WHAT WOMEN SHOULD eat wear do etc etc N pakistan is safe heaven go radical insane uneducated mullahs who dicrate whole nation

Rehman Jun 23, 2016 09:42pm

For us to be India-specific in our approach and want to have strategic parity will cause us harm and be detrimental to us. India is a much larger country than ours, and on all dimensions they are aiming to be among the leading powers in the world, ie. along with the US, China, etc. They are not necessarily only thinking of Pakistan. How we can we have parity with that without the same size and resources? Instead, we need to focus on our internal development and enhance the quality of life for our people. In the modern world, nations are judged on that, not their military strength. Note for instance, how tiny countries such Switzerland, Singapore, etc. are respected worldwide due to their economic success, and have a disproportionate impact on the world despite not having a big military. That is the type of approach we need to take.

Tuglaq Jun 23, 2016 09:43pm

@Inayat Good point. When was the last time the Government controlled the Military Budget? A budget that could be used for civilian upliftment. The Taliban are a result of the misprioritization. There are things that can be learned from Bangladesh.

Zak Jun 23, 2016 10:46pm

Well responded by Gen Bajwa. He put the record straight. One country has tried to spread anti pakistan propoganda and it has failed. Germany army has asked Pakistan army to train its ant -terror special forces. That says it all, as to who is the best.

Zak Jun 23, 2016 10:47pm

He rightfully said. Kashmir is the core issue.

Zak Jun 23, 2016 11:36pm

Bajwa said, “The world had abandoned Pakistan to handle and face the terrorists in the region alone, and Pakistan has completed the task”.

We completed the Task. Proud of Pakistan.

noob Jun 24, 2016 12:06am

Glad to hear this. Alhamdulillah the world will be a better place if they left you to your own.

sid Jun 24, 2016 12:12am

Wow - so many Indians read Dawn.

sri Jun 24, 2016 12:27am

@Zak do u have at least one proof..? this operation seems to be farce..

Mare Jun 24, 2016 01:02am

@kp Yes

Saroj Jun 24, 2016 01:05am

Fighting terrorists alone and sincerely but how come all the world famous terrorists are found in pak..

amit Jun 24, 2016 01:11am

@Zak People with negative mentality and dishonest opinion, something they themselves believe in, are the root cause of problem.

jam shed Jun 24, 2016 01:23am

@Skkk It is America's policies that have failed miserably in ME and Muslim world beside America made itself broke and in financial ruins. But US keep doing the same thing and expect different results. Nothing has changed in US mindset in the last fifty years and nothing will ever change. America needs to wakeup and face the bitter realty.

Arif Jun 24, 2016 02:10am

@Rehman Wisdom!

Ayub Jun 24, 2016 02:32am

It is very pity that the world abandoned you in the war against terrorism.

flying star Jun 24, 2016 03:40am

@Syed Chishti excellent idea

Riaz Murtaza Jun 24, 2016 03:45am

The big powers trapped the country to push the Soviets out of Afghanistan and now asking to do more.

Omar Jun 24, 2016 04:20am

When does a nation say enough is enough and we have to wake up and take responsibility of our collective failure as a responsible nation.

rahimkhosa Jun 24, 2016 08:57am

Pak nation and specifically its Army has done wonders to curb out the menace of terrorism in the region.. And our nation has proved worthy of the task........

Musa Khan (Gulmakai) Jun 24, 2016 10:19am

Very great Sir Bajwa! I saw that you were so careful with your each and every word. In the whole of conversation you used not a word that would let to,discriminate, Pakistan's honor, and this is what necessary for leaders. You were so confidant in your conversation about every step Pakistan took to wipe out terrorism from Pakistan. The other thing is you respected the honor of Afghan in Afghanies too in your conversation, while the interviewer was trying frequently to make you say something bad about them.

vmo Jun 24, 2016 12:06pm

These terrorists are end of the day your own people.......need to de-radicalise them and bring them to main cannot go around killing you own folks.

Rashid Jun 24, 2016 01:53pm

So Mr.Asim Bajwa finally admitted that Pakistan doesn't have the technology to trace the drone in advance ?? I wonder , why is that huge military budget for ?? which is being increased in every year.

Fareed N Jun 24, 2016 02:36pm

General there is no point in lamenting that world has abandoned Pakistan in fight against terrorism. Pakistan had abandoned itself when it became a proxy for a foreign country in the war in Afghanistan. Pakistan deliberately became a paid mercenary so why complain ?

vvv Jun 24, 2016 03:58pm

@Saroj one of the best comment

Iftikhar Husain Jun 24, 2016 04:11pm

This is the most to the point interview by an army officer of Pakistan Army we must cogratulate him for this. Some of our leaders should learn from this.

Eramanagalam Somapalan Jun 24, 2016 04:22pm

You reap what you saw. Chickens will come to roost one day, for certain.

Imran Altaf Jun 24, 2016 04:45pm

Pakistan has done alot but our leaders give us bad PR when they should be driving our importance on the International platform based on our fight against terrorism, instead they are experts at asking for more aid.

dawn Jun 24, 2016 05:22pm

"The world had abandoned Pakistan to handle and face the terrorists in the region alone, and Pakistan has completed the task." Finally someone hits the nail on the head.

Abdul Rehman, U.S.A. Jun 24, 2016 05:50pm

Pakistan received billions of dollars to fight terrorism, but trillions in losses overall and hundred thousands of lives.

Fary Jun 24, 2016 10:38pm

Optimism& hope is the key to success

Fary Jun 24, 2016 10:42pm

@Ravi Vancouver I think you had not went through history....during the war led by Soviet it is only US who had fed these monsters for there own purposes and Pakistan was not that developed or you can say that Pak had no any profit of nurturing these monsters. Hope you understand bro

John Cool Jun 24, 2016 11:09pm

@ABDUL MUQTADIR what is he doing in Germany on taxpayers expenses?

Trying to extract some funds(to fight terrorists,bad ones only) from the EU.

John Cool Jun 24, 2016 11:23pm

@mirza Oh ya we can also offer Afghanistan to take their 3.5 million plus refugee's, so that they can go back and re-build their country.

Be careful what you wish for.If these refugees go no more refugee funds from international countries and organizations.

Truth Jun 24, 2016 11:26pm

what is the point of interview if you want to only answer selectively and avoid hard questions....totally useless interview from a top Military person...very disappointing. Instead do not give the interview as a military person you are not answerable to any civilian authority in Pakistan.

Truth Jun 24, 2016 11:33pm

@Iftikhar Husain he is only talking what he wants and not answering any difficult question. How is this a good interview ?

John Cool Jun 24, 2016 11:42pm

@SHAHID MAHMOOD "@vicky what about most of the world turning a blind eye to what is being done to Pakistan by certain countries. i.e. destabilising Pakistan ."

They are waiting for your dossiers.

Neutral Jun 24, 2016 11:54pm

Rule of nature is simple. What you sow is what you reap. Why cry foul now?

Nino Jun 24, 2016 11:58pm

..... but the show must go on! When will they realise that the USA is not your friend!

American_desi Jun 25, 2016 05:26am

I think Gen Bajwa what the world really thinks is that your military has not yet decided to do away with the frankenstein's monster IT created.

The world knows that the pakistani people have sacrificed more than enough and my (and everyone's) sympathies are with them.

Sunil Jun 25, 2016 05:40am

@Rashid Sultan well said. I read a article where then Indian PM Nehru actually thought there is no need for Army. But then suddenly when war was started India had suffered badly. Then China's aggression, all these situations makes India to build a strong Army. Imagine if both countries spend those money in education and agriculture. In the history of India they never invaded any foreign soil. It's just Pakistan tv channel who shows 24/7 anti India news and discussion. Now it's high time for this new generation forget everything and rise together.

Shahzad Khan Jun 25, 2016 07:56am

There is an error in one of the headings . "War on 'Error' " instead of " War on 'Terror' "

J Abid Jun 25, 2016 10:57am

Our ambassadors in the other countries should be doing their job by telling the world loud and clear.

The ambassadors should be required to project Pakistan's case via press conferences and writings in the newspapers and meeting with local diplomats and forums,at least, on a monthly basis. The foreign ministry should monitor them by KPIs and outcomes reports.

Akram Javed Kayani Jun 25, 2016 11:48am

What else did we expect? We were left to deal with the aftermath of the Soviet-Afghan war on our own also, why would the world treat us any different? If someone leaves you hanging every time why would you assume it will be different this time around. Your so called greatest ally left you hanging in 65, 71 and post soviet-afghan war in the 90s.....but our all inelegant uniformed generals\commando thought this time would be different and saluted on the call to now have fun now that our nation is rattled with holes an the enemy is on your flank and in your actual rank and files also. But alas we will never learn.

Honest Jun 25, 2016 03:53pm

@Rashid Sultan Appreciate your comments. Spot on - truth be told. People like you are rare in Pakistan.

Zak Jun 25, 2016 04:57pm

@amit neither are illegal occupations in violation of UN resolutions. Don't stick your head in the sand, the issue won't go away, it will remain till resolved.

Zak Jun 25, 2016 05:06pm

@Sunil "In the history of India they never invaded any foreign soil"

Omg, what do they teach you in class. Indian invasions and occupations since 1947- kashmir, Orissa, Tripura, Naxaland, Manipur, Jharkand, Assam, Mizoram, Magagyar, junagarh, Manabao, Nicobar and Andeman Islands, 1948- Hyderabad, Yugul, Mosgul ( southern Tibetan territories), 1956-Goa, 1971 -East Pakistan, 1975-Sikkim, 1984 Siachen.

R.K.Mohindra Jun 25, 2016 07:19pm

@Rashid Sultan What a clear thinking. I hope Pak people read and understand,

Syed Chishti Jun 25, 2016 07:27pm

@Zak Wow-ZAK ! Good job!