Hand of friendship: Pakistan seeks ‘tension-free ties’ with India, says Aziz

Says Pakistan won’t hold negotiations on India’s terms.


Our Correspondent June 16, 2015
PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD:


Pakistan seeks “tension-free relations” with India, even if the neighbouring country is not keen on accepting “our offer of friendship”, Sartaj Aziz said on Monday.


Talking to the media, the prime minister’s adviser on national security and foreign affairs made it clear that Pakistan would not hold negotiations on India’s terms.

Aziz also expressed Pakistan’s decision to talk to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about the recent controversial statements of India’s political leadership.

“It is a matter of grave concern if this is more than jingoism,” he said while referring to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s admission about his country’s role in the events of 1971 as well as threatening statements issued by his cabinet members.

Politicians on both sides of the border have been exchanging a volley of accusations hither and thither since Modi blamed Pakistan for fuelling terrorism in India.



Aziz urged the international community to take notice of the anti-Pakistan rhetoric by the Indian leadership. He said such provocations were a threat to regional peace.

He stressed the need for resuming talks. However, he acknowledged that India seemed more interested in negotiating on its own terms. “This is unacceptable to us! We want to hold discussions with India on all mutual issues, including water and Kashmir.”

‘Weapons not decorations’

Warning India that Pakistan would respond in coin if forced into a war, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said: “Let me make it very clear that arms are not meant for decoration.”

He also told the media that Pakistan sought “good neighbourly relations” with India, but he made it clear that Pakistan would not tolerate threats from across the border.

The minister said that through its rhetoric, India wanted to prevent Pakistan from economically growing and prospering.

On the subject of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said the trade corridor would make Pakistan economically independent.

“The effects of the CPEC will be for the entire region. The economic and regional hegemony will dilute,” he argued.

Relations between Pakistan and India have hit a new low in the recent weeks after a war of words between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

In a series of statements, the Indian political leadership threatened Pakistan with neutralising terrorists through terrorists and even called for “surgical strikes”.

The verbal spat has diminished any chances of resumption of stalled peace talks in the near future. Hopes were high for the breakthrough when the Indian foreign secretary had visited Islamabad in April under Saarc Yatra.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 16th, 2015. 

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COMMENTS (7)

Mehtasaab | 5 years ago | Reply India extended hands for friendship, but Pakistan has started playing game. 1, Pakistan needs to show trust, 2, Stop terrorism 3, Forget about Kashmir. Kashmir was/is/will be the part of India. 4, Pakistan will lose USA support very soon. 5, India can be a good friend if Pakistanis want friendship with India. One war equal 15 years backword in economy. Pakistan and India share same language, culture, bollywood movies etc. USA used to interested in Pakistan because of cold war with Russia. USA wanted to use Kashmir for spying on Russia, China and India, Now they can do all this via satlites. India does not want war with any country. India will use her muscle if India is forced to enter into war. War is final step it is not a solution. So both countries should live peacefully.
sukumar | 5 years ago | Reply @Bobb Mack: Bobb is it Mack or Muck???? Modi is the best thing which has happened to this region. He will carry all with India ,those who donot want will suffer. Modi first time in this region and country have started a race for development and togetherness. But why he should accept the terror blackmail of Pakistan. you will see in one more year all neighbours prospering along with India except Pakistan, who is bound to fail/disintegrate/get Bankrupt or become a colony of China. The urgent need is to Denuclearise Pakistan before it fails and is in the hands of ISIS.
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