India using Afghan soil to carry out attacks on Pakistan: Sartaj Aziz
Advisor to Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, on Sunday blamed India for attacks on Pakistan.
New Delhi: Advisor to Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, on Sunday blamed India for attacks on Pakistan.
Dawn online cited the Prime Minister's advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs as saying in an interview on Sunday that India is using Afghan soil to carry out attacks on Pakistan.
He added that after Pakistan and Afghanistan jointly adopted a policy to not to let their lands be used to launch attacks on the other, India's involvement in the region had decreased.
Aziz further blamed the (Indian Prime Minister Narendra) Modi's government of non-cooperating on the Kashmir issue.
“The stance of the previous governments in India was subtle, but the Modi-led government said that if Pakistan is to maintain good ties with India, then it should compromise on Kashmir,” he said.
He added that India wanted resumption of dialogue on its own terms “which were not acceptable to Pakistan”.
Aziz, however, said that Pakistan still sought better ties with India. He added that when the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) came to power following the May 2013 elections, national security and better relations with neighbouring countries were foremost on the government's agenda.
He admitted that Pakistan's previously formulated strategies on national security had not been effective.
"To maintain sovereignty and national security, the present government has decided not to interfere in other countries' internal matters -- instead Pakistan looks forward to establishing better relations with others," he said.
Responding to a question on extremism, Aziz said Pakistan's policy to tackle the scourge of extremism and militancy was clear, adding that there would be no differentiation between 'good' and 'bad' Taliban.
The advisor said that following the deadly December 16 attack on Peshawar's Army Public School the country's civil and military leadership were on the same page.
He also said that Afghan forces would carry out operations against extremists operating from Afghan soil.
"There has been a paradigm shift in Afghanistan and Pakistan's policies, and it has been decided to monitor the movement of extremists along the border and stop their activities," he said.
Aziz said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's government would be responsible for controlling the situation in their territory. "Pakistan cannot be at peace while there is unrest in Afghanistan," he maintained.
(With IANS inputs)