The Pak Army media wing on Friday said that our Armed forces are fully equipped with the latest war weapons which is always on standby.
The ISPR statement came after journalist Hamid Mir revealed in a TV show that Ex-COAS General (retd) Bajwa in a meeting with 20-25 journalists had stated that Pakistan was not in a condition to fight a war with India.
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Mir’s statement was picked up by Indian media and reported by major news outlets.
While responding to Journalist revelations, The military’s media wing on Friday clarified that the former army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa’s statement on “combat worthiness” was “quoted out of the context”. the the former army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa’s statement on “combat worthiness” was “quoted out of the context”.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) issued the statement after discussions in the media on “Pakistan Army’s combat worthiness in view of the condition of certain weapon systems on its inventory”.
“To this end, views of former army chief on the future threat to Pakistan, which he shared with media persons in an off-the-record interactive session, have been quoted out of the context,” said the ISPR.
The military’s media wing assured the people that the army will always take pride in its “operational preparedness and utmost combat worthiness”.
ISPR said the forces are fully equipped with the latest war weapons which is always on standby.
“Pakistan armed forces are always ready to defend the homeland.”
“Pakistan’s Armed Forces always did and will continue to keep their weapons, equipment and battle-hardened human resource ever ready for the defence of the motherland,” said the ISPR.
Hamid Mir’s Revelations regarding Former Chief
Senior journalist Hamid Mir in an interview alleged that EX-Chief Gen (retd) Bajwa made a “compromise” on the Kashmir dispute with India.
Hamid Mir revealed that, a sauda or ‘deal’ made by Gen (retd) Bajwa on Kashmir issue with India, which has yet to see the light of day. Hamid Mir says that after Gen (retd) Bajwa arranged the February 2021 ceasefire with India in Kashmir after which Indian prime minister Narendra Modi was to make an official visit to Pakistan.
Senior Journalist revealed that Modi had agreed to visit Pakistan on 9th April 2021 to perform the annual four-day pilgrimage to the Hinglaj Mata Mandir in Lasbela, Balochistan. However the Foreign Office (FO), including the foreign minister at the time, was unaware of this visit.
Hamid Mir said that the-then army chief Gen (retd) Bajwa had given statement to some 25 journalists, including him and Nasim Zehra, at the army’s general headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. He clarified that he was not referring to a seminar at the National Defence University (NDU), but to a meeting with the army chief at GHQ. Mir said that in this “lecture”, Gen (retd) Bajwa used to Claims that Pakistan did not have enough diesel for the tanks or enough fuel for troop logistics.
Hamid Mir revealed that former army chief Gen (retired) Qamar Javed Bajwa said on multiple occasions that Pakistan’s tanks and jet fighters “did not work”
Remember that These bombshell revelations come as incumbent Pakistani foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is invited to visit India for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) moot in Goa next month (May 2023). Both South Asian neighbours who have fought wars with each other and also have nuclear weapons have a tense bilateral relationship that has shut down since August 2019, and late last year (in December 2022) as Indian foreign minister S. Jaishankar demanded Pakistan first “clean up its act and try to be a good neighbour”.
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