Border violations aimed at diverting Indian public attention from bad performance: Asif

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif Saturday said the Indian government was trying to divert attention of its public from its bad governance and internal political problems by resorting to ceasefire violations on borders with Pakistan.

Talking to a news channel, he said the Indian government had failed to achieve its goals. Nearly three dozen freedom movements were continuing in different parts of India while its forces were killing people in central, eastern and northern areas and the facts in this regard could be read in Indian newspapers, he added.

The minister said with the announcement of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, India started hatching conspiracies against Pakistan. “Our neighbour and some world powers have been trying for the last 68 years that Pakistan should progress economically.”

But the government and nation was committed to complete the CPEC project, he added.

Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz was ready to go to New Delhi but India once again sabotaged the talks by imposing pre-conditions, he added.

He said,” Pakistan wants peace and tranquility in the region.”Pakistan, he said, was capable to combat any aggression.

India would now suffer more losses than 1965 war as Pakistan was an atomic power and its forces were professionally trained and well equipped, he added.

“India wants to keep us busy in a low-intensity war or low-intensity engagement on our eastern border. Its troops are pursuing the tactics of keeping our forces busy on all fronts.”

He said the Pakistan armed forces had defended the country’s borders on Sept 6, 1965 though they were less experienced but today they were professionally sound.

The government, he said, was making allout efforts to improve the country’s image internationally for attarcting foreign investment while India, on the other hand, was provoking it to achieve its nefarious designs.

He said Pakistan had been raising the issue of border violations at different international forums.

To a question, he said evidence regarding Indian Intelligence Agency supporting terrorists to carry out subversive activities in Pakistan would be provided to the United Nations (UN) and other countries.

These proofs would have been provided to India if the Foreign Secretary level talks were held, he added.

Pakistan, he said, had given more sacrifices than any other country in the war against terrorism, which had been even recognized by the international community.

To a question he said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government was trying hard to make national economy independent.

To another question he said, energy crisis would overcome to a large extent upto 2017 with the completion of several power projects.

Replying to a question, the Defence Minister said that the government and military were on the same page on all national issues.

To another query, he said the election tribunal had given a verdict in his favour in April 2014 which had been challenged by the Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf.

NA-122 Lahore was the home constituency of PTI chief Imran Khan and he himself should contest by-elections from there. But the PTI was trying to flee from elections on lame excuses, he added.