Security Situation Has Improved Considerably After Successful Military Operations: Ahsan Iqbal

Security Situation Has Improved Considerably After Successful Military Operations: Ahsan Iqbal

He also highlighted the initiatives taken by the government to enhance education, empower women, improve healthcare and reduce poverty in Pakistan.

"There is no threat to democracy from the Pakistan Army; [but] there could be a threat to democracy if its [democracy's] requirements are not being met", Ghafoor said.

"Such irresponsible statements can dent Pakistan's image globally", Iqbal said, adding that economy was not army's business.

Minutes after ISPR's chief expressed that he was disappointed at the comments of interior minister over his analysis of economic situation of the country, Iqbal said that Ghafoor's earlier comment that "the country's economic health, if not bad, was not good either" had hurt him.

Pakistan's powerful military has ruled the nation for over half of the country's existence since independence from Britain in 1947.

Bajwa said that national security and economy were interlinked and called for broadening tax base and bringing in financial discipline.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has emphasised the importance of Pakistan-US partnership in achieving common regional objectives and the promotion of mutual interests.

"Not with reference to minister's statement but in military terminology, a joint operation means an operation done by two countries' forces. Full stop", he said. Pakistani troops rescued the family in the northwest of the country, near the Afghan border, this week.

U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis had earlier said to the Senate Armed Services Committee: "The One Belt, One Road also goes through the disputed territory, and I think that it itself shows the vulnerability of trying to establish that sort of a dictate". He also cautioned about the social media, saying it has become a tool of new warfare and it is the responsibility of everyone to be careful about it.

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