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Rawalpindi, Apr 29: After lying to the world for long, Pakistan Army has finally accepted the existence of terrorists on its soil. In a bid to tighten grip over Imran Khan, the Army also threatened Pashtun’s warning them with a terse statement “you time is up”.

Addressing a press conference at the General Headquarters, Asif Ghafoor, the Director General of Pakistan Army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said, “We have proscribed violent extremist organisations and Jihadist groups and we have been taking action against them.”

“We have lost millions of dollars due to terrorism. There is still a lot to do against terrorism,” he further added. Blaming the previous governments for the situation in the country, Gafoor added, “The state was busy conducting kinetic operations and every law enforcement agency was busy in that. Which is why we were not able to strategise against these (banned) organisations the way we are doing today.”

However, Ghafoor also claimed that there were no terrorist groups in Pakistan as military operations had broken the organised networks of militant outfits.

“I can now say with confidence that there is no terrorist organisation in Pakistan anymore. We have proscribed violent extremist organisations and we have been working to curb terrorism in Pakistan,” he said.

Pakistani Army also issued warning  to Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM). Ghafoor said violent protests will not be tolerated. “We want to do everything for the people (of tribal areas), but those who are playing in the hands of people, their time is up. Their time is up,” he said.

“The instructions of the Army chief will be fully followed. People will not face any sort of problem and neither will any unlawful path be adopted,” Ghafoor said, suggesting possible action against the PTM.

Ghafoor said that Pakistan will bring over 30,000 madrassas into the mainstream education system as part of a determined campaign to combat extremism.

 Ghafoor said Pakistan had witnessed a surge in religious seminaries from 247 madrassas in 1947 to 2,861 in 1980.

“And now there are over 30,000 madrassas. Out of these, only 100 are involved in propagating terrorism,” he said, adding that several steps were afoot to control and bring the seminaries into the mainstream.

“All madrassas will be brought under the Ministry of Education so that contemporary subjects can be taught. We will formulate a syllabus which will not have hate speech and students will be taught respect for different sects,” he said.


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