India disturbing border peace to divert Pakistan’s attention from fight against militants: Asif

Defense minister asks why would Pakistan violate the ceasefire when it is already at war on the Western front


Web Desk March 05, 2015
Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: With Pakistan aggressively fighting militants in the wake of Peshawar school attack, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif blamed India for disturbing border peace with incessant ceasefire violations and trying to divert Pakistan’s attention away from the Western border.

In an interview to BBC, the federal minister said Pakistan seeks peace with all its neighbours and would want to end hostility with India immediately.

“Why would Pakistan violate the ceasefire when we are already at war on the Western front,” the defense minster said.

Responding to Indian accusations of Pakistan harbouring militants, Asif said instead of blaming each other, both the countries need to work together and address the concerns.

On question regarding the role Pakistan can play for peace in Afghanistan, the minister categorically stated that “if Pakistan has influence, it must use it to ensure stability in the region.

He further added that negotiations must include all elements including the Haqqani network. “Excluding anyone would be counterproductive; all these groups are exhausted and they all want to talk,” he said.

COMMENTS (12)

someone | 6 years ago | Reply Well Mr. Defense minister, care to explain how many soldiers did Pakistan move from Western border to eastern border?
Rex Minor | 6 years ago | Reply @Motiwala: You must constrain yourself and remain civil. Your comments have no substance and your leaders take the same line knowing well that neither emotions nor bullying has paid any dividends to your country. Rex Minor
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