Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Tuesday (Dec 11) while speaking at a conference on “Conflict and Cooperation in South Asia: Role of Major Powers” organized by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI), said that Pakistan is committed for peace and stability in the region and will continue its efforts.
She said that through controversial statements regarding Pakistan’s agreement to facilitate Sikh pilgrims and decision to open Kartarpur Corridor, India tried to spread negative agenda but Islamabad ignored the Indian negativity and decided to “stay the course”. She also recalled that India, by refusing to attend SAARC summit in Islamabad, was holding the regional body’s summit process hostage.
“Unfortunately we haven’t seen the kind of reciprocation that was required,” she maintained. “Recently held India-US 2+2 dialogue provides India access to advanced and sensitive US military hardware, technology and weaponry,” she said.“This would undermine the delicate strategic balance in the region and beyond,” she said.
“Pakistan is concerned that such an arms race will be detrimental to peace and stability of the region. Pakistan doesn’t subscribe to any nuclear or conventional arms race in the region.” Ms Janjua said Pakistan would continue to pursue its policy of “credible minimum deterrence” to maintain strategic stability and cater for its interests. While talking about Pakistan’s foreign policy she said “Our view point on Afghanistan on the futility of kinetic approaches and merit of pursuing Afghan-owned and Afghan-led reconciliation process is finding greater traction today than ever before”.
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17 November, 2019