US, In­dia desta­bil­is­ing re­gion through arms deal: FO

Zakaria says Pak­istan is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing all ini­tia­tives aimed at peace and sta­bil­ity in Afghanistan

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Pak­istan said Thurs­day that sale of ad­vanced mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment by the United States to In­dia would ac­cen­tu­ate mil­i­tary im­bal­ance and un­der­mine strate­gic sta­bil­ity in South Asia.

Dur­ing the weekly news brief­ing here, For­eign Of­fice spokesper­son Nafees Zakaria said the sale also en­cour­ages In­dia to adopt ag­gres­sive mil­i­tary doc­trine and con­tem­plate mil­i­tary ad­ven­tures. He said trans­fer of mod­ern mil­i­tary hard­ware and tech­nolo­gies as well as re­peated ex­cep­tions for In­dia also dis­in­cen­tives New Delhi to en­gage in ef­forts to es­tab­lish Strate­gic Re­straint Regime. He said Pak­istan has re­peat­edly been call­ing for such a regime for durable se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture in the re­gion. The FO spokesper­son said that RAW agent Kulb­hushan Ya­dav was launched by In­dia to carry out sub­ver­sive ac­tiv­i­ties in Pak­istan and now New Delhi is try­ing to di­vert at­ten­tion from the ac­tual is­sue by pre­sent­ing it as a hu­man­i­tar­ian one. He said For­eign Min­is­ter has re­turned af­ter suc­cess­ful visit of China, Turkey and Iran. Dur­ing the meet­ings, he adopted the stance that peace in Afghanistan was pos­si­ble only through talks. He said Pak­istan also sup­ports talks process, adding Afghan lead­er­ship must hold talks with Tal­iban to im­prove law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in Afghanistan. He said Pak­istan is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing all ini­tia­tives aimed at peace and sta­bil­ity in Afghanistan.

Nafees Zakria noted that ter­ror­ism was an in­ter­na­tional is­sue and sought co­or­di­na­tion of each and ev­ery stake­holder to de­feat it. He told that For­eign Min­is­ter Khawja Asif also high­lighted In­dian atroc­i­ties on in­no­cent Kash­miri peo­ple dur­ing his re­cent vis­its.

Cit­ing the re­port of Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, he said that the re­port con­tains 112 pages, which de­scribe In­dian atroc­i­ties in oc­cu­pied Kash­mir through shoot guns. The re­port says that num­ber of Kash­miris have turned blind due to use of pel­let guns by In­dian forces while those mar­tyred in­clude Ish­faq Ahmed Padar, Pervez Ahmed Wani, Niyam Ahmed, Maq­sood Ahmed Shah, Shahid Ahmed Sheikh, Tariq Ahmed Bhatat, Altaf Ahmed Rathore, Daud Ahmed Khan and Sehr Ahmed Wani.

He said that Prime Min­is­ter Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi will leave for New York next week to par­tic­i­pate in the United Na­tions meet­ing. He said it is ex­pected the PM would hold side­line meet­ings with other lead­ers dur­ing the visit. He said For­eign Min­is­ter would hold a side­line meet­ing with Afghan counter-part dur­ing the Gen­eral Assem­bly’s meet­ing. To a ques­tion, he said Pak­istan has raised the is­sue of plight of Ro­hingya Mus­lims in Rakhine at dif­fer­ent fo­rums.

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