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Sartaj regrets Indian politicians taking pride in ‘interference'

11 June, 2015 1:30 PM
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ISLAMABAD - Taking strong notice of the statements of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recently concluded visit to Bangladesh, the government in the Senate on Wednesday said that such statements only confirmed Pakistan's stance on India's activities to destabilize Pakistan.

The government also urged the international community to take note of India's acknowledgement of its blatant interference in a sovereign neighbouring country.

During his visit to Bangladesh, the Indian PM had acknowledged the Indian government's involvement in the events of 1971 war in the then Eastern Province of Pakistan.

Giving the policy statement in the Upper House of the Parliament, Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said that such statements only confirmed Pakistan's stance on India's activities to destabilise Pakistan.

"It is regrettable that the Indian politicians not only indulge in actions that are in violation of the United Nations Charter but also take pride in recalling their interference in the internal affairs of the other states," the statement said.

Modi's statement at Dhaka University in which he characterized bilateral relations, as a "nuisance" is most unfortunate considering that Pakistan pursues a policy of maintaining good neighbourly relations, Sartaj Aziz said.

"Such statements not only vitiate the atmosphere, put a question mark on India's sincerity to establish good-neighbourly relations with Pakistan, but also contribute towards shrinking the constituency for peace by negatively affecting the public perception," the Advisor to PM said.

He said that the open admission of India's active involvement against Pakistan's territorial integrity at the highest political level pointed to the past and present subversive role played by its intelligence agencies in destabilizing Pakistan through supporting anti-Pakistan and terrorist elements, as a matter of state policy.

This is a serious issue, which the world and the UN should take note of.

This statement should be seen in conjunction with the recent statement of the Indian Defence Minister to the effect of "neutralizing terrorism with terrorism.

Pakistan is faced with numerous challenges in its unrelenting fight against terrorism.

The brave people and valiant armed forces have sacrificed thousands in their efforts to eliminate the scourge of terrorism from our country.

We will not allow any other country to unsettle Pakistan in this noble pursuit, the statement said.

While in Bangladesh, Prime Minister Modi also tried to make a case for India's permanent membership of UNSC.

It is ironical for India to make such a claim in the face of the fact that India has been in violation of UNSC's longstanding resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.

"It is regrettable that the Indian Prime Minister chose Bangladesh to make such statements, which are aimed at fanning hatred against Pakistan in Bangladesh," the Advisor to PM said.

"May I assure the House that Pakistan would take all possible steps at the diplomatic front to expose India's role in the break-up of Pakistan in 1971 and its declared policy of destabilizing Pakistan through terrorism," he concluded.

Meanwhilw, PPPP, ANP, PTI, PML-Q and BNP-A lawmakers walked out of the House for 38 minutes against the government attitude for not broadcasting the speeches of opposition legislators live on television.

Saeed Ghani of PPP said that the government despite its assurance did not broadcast the budget speeches of opposition benches properly.

Meanwhile, PPP demanded of the government to ensure completion of Western route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor [CPEC] on priority by sticking to its commitment and otherwise the project would become controversial.

The warning came from PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar who taking part in the budget speech said that the government has formally reneged on the decision of APC of May 28 that western route of CPEC would be built on priority basis.

"By allocating only 16 percent of the cost to the western and 60 percent to the eastern route the government has formally reneged from its earlier commitment," he said.

He said that the government had announced to give a Marshall Plan to tribal areas but did not give any development project for FATA.

About increase in the defence budget he said it was justified in view of the multifarious challenges.

However, he said as a matter of principle the increases should be linked to mechanisms of oversight and accountability of the expenditures.

He also questioned the rationale of not reflecting defence sector pensions of over 150 billion as part of the defence budget.

Sitara Ayaz from the ANP said that the proposals in the budget lacked practical steps and were only part of preparations of at the 2018 general elections.


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