Pakistan maintaining minimum nuclear deterrence for regional peace: Sartaj

Pakistan maintaining minimum nuclear deterrence for regional peace: Sartaj

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has called upon the international community
to desist from policies and actions that undermine strategic stability in South Asia.

 The call came from Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while addressing
International Conference on “Strengthening Peace and Cooperation in South Asia:
Incentives and Constraints”, organized by Islamabad Policy Research Institute
in the capital today.

He also pointed out that supply of weapons system widens the existing conventional
capabilities in the region. He regretted that the world has not fully recognized the
dangers posed to the peace and stability in the region.

Sartaj on NSG

The Advisor also called for criteria-based and non-discriminatory approach for
membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, otherwise it will affect the strategic
stability in the region.  He also said our application for the membership of the NSG
should be evaluated on the basis of fair criterion.

India’s terrorism in Kashmir

Sartaj Aziz regretted that India was responding to indigenous struggle of
Kashmiris for their right of self-determination by denial and illusion. He also
referred to India’s propaganda to term Kashmiri struggle as terrorism and
declare Jammu and Kashmir as integral part.  He  said India must understand
ground realities and recognize the indigenous nature of right to self determination
movement in occupied Kashmir.

The Advisor on Foreign Affairs further said during negotiations with India, Pakistan
would continue to seek normalization of relationship and promoting steps that
would pave the way for settlement of all lingering dispute including the core dispute
of Jammu and Kashmir.

He also said another important dimension of Pakistan-India relations is the imperative
of strategic stability. There is need for credible minimum deterrence as instability
has consequences with far more dangers.  He said Pakistan is maintaining minimum
nuclear deterrence for peace and stability in the region.

India opposing CPEC

Moreover, the Advisor regretted India’s opposition to China Pakistan Economic Corridor
project saying it is based on no apparent reason. He also said India is doing so to
obstruct Pakistan’s path towards progress and development. He further said Indian
hegemonic temptations and aggressive posture undermines regional cooperation.

Sartaj Aziz also said Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence based on mutual
respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity but at the same time it can not
remain aloof from the prevailing situation in the region.

India sponsoring terrorism

He also said India continues to sponsor and foment terrorism in Pakistan and
has also increased violations on line of control to put constraints to our ability
to deploy more troops on the western border.

Referring to the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in the war on terror, the Advisor
on Foreign Affairs further said that the country remains the major victim of the menace.

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