Sar­taj urges int'l com­mu­nity to play role for strate­gic bal­ance in South Asia

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

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.

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