Pak wants peaceful relations with ‘belligerent’ India: Bajwa
PAKISTAN genuinely wants to have peaceful ties with its neighbours, including a “belligerent” India, the country’s Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said, underlining that it takes “two to tango”.
Relations between India and Pakistan have suffered a series of setbacks following a number of terror attacks by Pakistan-based militants. New Delhi has made it clear to Islamabad that bilateral talks cannot take place unless Pakistan dismantles the terror networks on its soil.
Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have also been tense with the two countries accusing each other of turning a “blind eye” towards militant outfits.
Speaking at a seminar here on Thursday on ‘Interplay of Economy and Security’, Gen. Bajwa said, “Our external front which continues to remain in a flux. With a belligerent India on our East and an unstable Afghanistan on our West, the region remains captive due to historical baggage and negative competition.”
He said there is a need for comprehensive effort to pursue the National Action Plan and remove vulnerabilities well before they turn into threats. “But on our part, we are making a deliberate and concerted effort to pacify the western border through a multitude of diplomatic, military and economic initiative. We have expressed and demonstrated our genuine desire to have normal and and peaceful relations with India, however, it takes two to tango,” he said.
The General also expressed concern over the country’s debts, saying the abysmally low tax to GDP ratio must change if the country has to “break the begging bowl”. “Growth has picked up but the debts are sky high. Infrastructure and energy have improved considerably but the current account balance is not in our favour,” he said. The finance ministry figures put Pakistan’s foreign debt and liabilities at around $58 billion.