Major General Asif Ghafoor, Pakistan’s Director General of Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR), the media and public relations arm of its armed forces, said Thursday that there has been no evidence from the Indian side against Hafiz Saeed and he can join politics if eligible.
In an interview with the Indian Express, Ghafoor said, “Hafiz Saeed is a citizen of Pakistan and anything he does, other than violence, is good. There is a process in Pakistan for anyone to participate in politics. The Election Commission of Pakistan has its rules and laws. If he (Hafiz) fulfills all those requirements that is for the ECP to decide. Please don’t forget that there are, if I am not wrong, nearly 200 political parties in Pakistan and more than 160 of them have never won a single seat in an election. I will leave it at that.”
He aslo said that war is not the solution. “If imposed on us, it will be befittingly responded. But we believe in peace and cooperation,” Ghafoor told in the interview.