Sartaj urges int'l community to play role for strategic balance in South Asia
Pakistan has said it reserves the right to safeguard its national security interests and all measures would be taken to meet this challenge. This was stated by Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while addressing a seminar in Islamabad on Friday. He urged the international community to play its due role in creating strategic balance and stability in South Asia.
Sartaj Aziz said operationalization of Indo-US nuclear deal would have a detrimental impact on deterrence stability in the region. The Advisor said United States should not create imbalance in the strategic stability and balance of South Asia by selling arms to India and this move could trigger an arms race in the region.
Commenting on US support to include India in the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG), Sartaj Aziz said this would further compound the already fragile strategic stability environment in South Asia.
He said it will also undermine the credibility of NSG and weaken the non-proliferation regime. He said Pakistan remains opposed to policies of selectivity and discrimination in this regard. The Advisor said that coopera- tive and collective actions by all member states are required to effectively tackle the global threat of terrorism. He said Pakistan is a leading partner of the international community in counter-terrorism and also expect the same commitment from others.
Expressing his views on President Obama's support for India for permanent membership of UN Security Council, Sartaj Aziz said India by no means qualifies for a special status in the Security Council due to its continued violation of world body resolutions on Kashmir.
He said proposals to add new centers of privilege in the UN Security Council run counter to the collective objectives of Security Council reforms. The Advisor further spoke in this regard that Pakistan is fully aware of its defence requirements and will take all possible steps to make its defence stronger.
He said the arms deal signed between India and the United States during President Obama's visit can start an arms race in the region. Referring to Pak-US ties, he said Islamabad values its relations with Washington and expressed the hope that the United States will play a constructive role for strategic stability and balance in South Asia instead of creating imbalance by selling arms to India.