India's confrontational attitude a threat to regional peace: Foreign Office

Pakistan says India’s confrontational attitude and huge arms build up is a threat to regional peace and stability and may lead to strategic miscalculation.

The statement came from Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today.

Faisal said, Indian falsified claims and belligerent statements are motivated by an exaggerated view of its capabilities and hegemonic designs. The spokesperson added saying Indian army chief’s provocative and irresponsible statements reflect the jingoistic mindset of India which can further exacerbate the already volatile strategic environment.

He clarified that Pakistan is not desirous of escalation and has reacted with restraint but Indian mistaken belief and irresponsible rhetoric is fraught with unforeseen danger.

Faisal also said that Pakistan is fully capable of giving a befitting response in case of any misadventure.

He said the ongoing spree of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and Working boundary are aimed at diverting world attention from Indian forces’ atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

Faisal also summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh today and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Working Boundary on 18thJanuary 2018, in Sialkot Sector, resulting in the shahadat of two innocent civilian ladies (45 years old Perveen Bibi w/o Muhammad Aslam and 20 years old Ayesha d/o Abdul Rasheed) while injuring 5 others, including 3 females.

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Alice Wells visit to Pakistan

On foreign policy front, Faisal shared that US Acting Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador Alice Wells visited Pakistan. The visit was part of regular engagement between the two countries on bilateral and regional cooperation. She called on the foreign secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The foreign secretary underscored that the relationship with the US needed to move forward under an environment of mutual trust and respect. US delegation was apprised about recent counter-terrorism actions taken by Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies that contributed to visible improvement in the security situation of Pakistan.

In the context of the regional situation, the foreign secretary expressed concerns on the continued use of Afghan soil by elements hostile to Pakistan’s stability. He also reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to continue its efforts for promoting peace and stability in the region.

Faisal drew the attention of the US delegation to the recent irresponsible statement by the Indian Army Chief and the pattern of escalation by India on the LoC and the working boundary and condemned Indian mortar attacks on Pakistani posts resulting in the martyrdom of Pakistani soldiers. She asked the US side to advise restraint to India and stop its escalation tactics. Noting the importance of the longstanding bilateral relationship, Ambassador Wells acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts in eradicating terrorism and conveyed the US desire to work with Pakistan in furthering the shared objectives of stabilizing Afghanistan.

She said that Pakistan’s support was critical to the success of the US strategy for Afghanistan. To this end, Ambassador Wells underlined the need for strengthening intelligence cooperation between the two sides to improve coordination in counter-terrorism efforts. Pakistan’s positive role in several peace initiatives was appreciated.

Pakistan also welcomed the recent talks held between the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK).



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