Defence buildup by India will disturb stability in region: FO


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan says the defense buildup pursued by India will disturb strategic stability in the region.

At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakria also voiced concerns over exceptional treatment being meted out to New Delhi by Nuclear Supplier Group.

He said Pakistan sought peace in the region and was therefore against any arms race.

The spokesperson categorically rejected any obstacles in the way of Pakistan-India foreign secretary level talks.

He said both the sides were in touch with each other to work out mutually convenient dates for the talks.

When asked about Pathankot incident, the spokesperson said that special investigation team would shortly visit India to collect evidences about the airbase attack.

To a query, the spokesperson said Kashmiris’ movement for their right to self-determination is indigenous which enjoys popular support. He said it cannot be linked with any terrorism.

To a question, the spokesperson said the launch of final phase of Zarb-e-Azb operation in North Waziristan is a clear manifestation of Pakistan’s resolve to root out the menace of terrorism.

As regards the Afghan peace process, the spokesperson said all the Afghan groups including Taliban have been invited to direct talks with the Afghan government.

He said it was decided that no pre conditions will be acceptable for the peace talks.

Radio Pakistan

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