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Did not ban JuD under pressure, proper process was followed: Pak DG ISPR General Asif Ghafoor

Hafiz Saeed Photograph:( ANI )

WION Islamabad, Pakistan Feb 22, 2019, 07.33 PM (IST) Written By: Anas Mallick

Spokesperson of the Pakistani military Major General Asif Ghafoor while addressing a press conference on Friday warned India that it should refrain from war-mongering otherwise the Pakistani military has full capability to "respond to its fullest, if provoked". 

The press conference comes as tensions between India and Pakistan have risen after the recent attack on the CRPF personnel in Pulwama that killed over 40 soldiers. 

The military’s spokesperson said: "We wanted to be sure that there was no mischief involved from our side and once we found out, our Prime Minister gave a policy statement, "We want peace with India but please be rest assured, should you initiate any aggression." 

"First, you shall never be able to surprise us. We are ready, in response, we shall for sure surprise you. We shall dominate the escalation ladder", said Major General Asif Ghafoor who was also quick to mention the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, while taking a jibe at India saying that India needs to stop sending Kulbhushan Jadhav's to Pakistan and stop terrorism in order to build good relations.

In an hour-long press conference which focused on developments post-Pulwama attack, the spokesperson of Pakistan’s military rebuffed claims of Pakistan’s diplomatic isolation and gave a hand count of Pakistan’s recent diplomatic success.

He said that Pakistan and Iran have been in contact and deliberations are ongoing to fence the 909 km Pak–Iran border while referring to Iran as a "brotherly country". The development comes after the Iranian Border Guards were attacked which the Iranian side accused Pakistan-based terror outfits orchestrating from across the border.

In response to WION's question on the proscription of globally listed terrorist Hafiz Saeed’s organization, he said: “We proscribed them but a process was followed, they were told to do something’s when they were put on the watch-list which they failed, so they have been banned. This is in our interest, there is a time for everything to be done and this has not been done in under any pressure. The process to ensure the ban is being expedited on the ground.”

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The spokesperson of Pakistan’s military rebuffed claims of Pakistan’s diplomatic isolation and gave a hand count of Pakistan’s recent diplomatic success.