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US-India ‘deep ties’ rattle Pakistan

modiobamaISLAMABAD: Pakistan fears that strengthened US-India defence ties could trigger an arms race in the region.
“This could trigger an arms race in the region. We reserve the right to safeguard our national security interests and all measures would be taken to meet this challenge,” the Prime Minister’s adviser on national security and foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, said.

Addressing a seminar here, he urged the international community to play its due role in creating a strategic balance and stability in South Asia.

He said that operationalisation of the Indo-US nuclear deal would have a detrimental impact on the stability in the region.

Aziz said that the US should not create an imbalance in the strategic stability and balance of South Asia by selling arms to India.

Commenting on US’s support to include India in the NSG, he said this would further compound the already fragile strategic stability environment in South Asia.

He said that it would also undermine the credibility of the nuclear supplier group and weaken the non-proliferation regime.

Aziz said that Pakistan remains opposed to policies of selectivity and discrimination in this regard.

He said that cooperative and collective actions by all member states are required to effectively tackle the global threat of terrorism.

The adviser said that Pakistan is a leading partner of the international community in counter-terrorism, and expects the same commitment from others.

Expressing his views on US President Barack Obama’s support for India for permanent membership of UN Security Council, he said that India by no means qualifies for a special status in the Security Council due to its continued violation of world body resolutions on Kashmir.

He said that proposals to add new centres of privilege in the UN Security Council run counter to the collective objectives of Security Council reforms.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Pakistan said at least two women were injured as Indian border troops resorted to firing along the LoC at Charwa sector near Sialkot.

“Pakistani troops responded to Indian firing”, said a security official.

In the first week of January four civilians, including a woman, were killed after shelling by the Indian Border Security Forces on working boundary in Zafarwal sector. – From the Asian Age

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