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Time is up, Pakistan army tells PTM

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Rawalpindi:Pakistan military spokesman on Tuesday warned Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) of repercussions if it continues propaganda against country’s armed forces.

“Time is up ,” said Major General Aisf Ghafoor, the Director General of Intern-Services Public Relations (ISPR) at a media briefings.

The spokesman said the people affiliated with organization have been receiving funds from India’s Raw and Afghanistan’s NDS intelligence outfit.

He said instead of spending the money on people of erstwhile FATA, the PTM has spent it on rallies where its leaders speak against Pakistan’s armed forces.

The DG ISPR’s tone suggested that the army’s patience with the PTM has run out.

He, however, added that it was him who held the first meeting with PTM leaders on the orders of army chief during Islamabad sit-in.

Ghafoor said he had talked to the leaders of PTM and assured them that their demands would be met.

He said the demands were genuine and the army has been working on clearing the FATA areas of landmines.

He said the FATA had been a battle ground for years but the army has been working on the rehabilitation of IDPs and clearance of landmines after concluding operations against militants.

The ISPR DG asked the PTM to share the list of missing persons with the government and added that the government was still ready to resolve the issues amicably.

He, however, warned that nobody can confront the Pakistan army.

Speaking about country’s efforts against extremism and militancy, he said the government has decided to mainstream thousands of religious seminaries in order to enable the students to get better job opportunities after completing their education.

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