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‘Clear dichotomy’ in India’s policy on Pak: Aziz

Pakistan Prime Minister's security advisor Sartaj Aziz has said since Nawaz Sharif's meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has taken several negative steps, including the cancellation of foreign secretary-level talks, and the dichotomy in its policy was responsible for tensions between the two countries.

"Indian leadership's threats of disproportionate use of force portend India's dangerous desire to create a space for war. This hostile attitude also reveals a clear dichotomy in India's insistence on eliminating terrorism on the one hand and creating distractions for our armed forces engaged in relentless and non-discriminatory counter-terrorism operations," the Prime Minister's Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs said.

Aziz made the remarks in a seminar 'Crossroads Asia: Dynamics of Peace and Progress' at the army's National Defence University here on Wednesday.

He said since Premier Sharif's meeting with Prime Minister Modi last May, India took several negative
steps, including the cancellation of foreign secretary-level talks.

Building a peaceful neighbourhood is the cornerstone of the foreign policy of the Nawaz Sharif-led government which wants to focus on the agenda of economic development, Aziz said.

He said Pakistan was committed to resume dialogue with India that should be sustained, unconditional and result- oriented. He also reiterated his country's support for the "Kashmir cause".

"Pakistan shall not abandon its political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmir cause at any cost," he said.

Aziz criticised hiking of India's defence spending which he said was accentuating the conventional asymmetry and seriously impacting regional stability.

He said Pakistan would not get involved in arms race in the region but would staunchly protect its interests through credible deterrence capability.


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