Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs, on Monday reiterated that Pakistan would not hold talks with India on its terms. He also said that Pakistan would raise India’s “anti-Pakistan” statements to the UN.
Aziz said that there can be no dialogue with India without talks on the water and the Kashmir issues. He then added that even if cordial terms were not possible with India, Pakistan wanted to maintain tension-free relations with it.
Aziz then reiterated that Pakistan would take up India’s anti-Pakistan statements with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. He was speaking to media representatives in Islamabad, after an inauguration of the 10th meeting of heads of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries.
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain, however, speaking at the National Defence University in Islamabad, condemned the Indian propaganda against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, according to a report published on Radio Pakistan. He was addressing the convocation ceremony of the ‘National Security and War Course’.
Hussain urged the people in his country not to over-react to the statements, stand by the government and rebut in a sensible manner. He stressed that the nation must support the government and armed forces to overcome challenges.
The president also said that other countries’ reservations on the project were baseless and the government was focused on completing the corridor with all seriousness, as it is significant for Pakistan’s future.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address at the Dhaka University during his recent visit to Bangladesh, blamed Pakistan for spreading terrorism and fear in India.
Earlier, Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, in a shocking and radical statement, asserted that terrorists have to be neutralised only through terrorists.