India "sabotaging peace" in Balochistan: Pakistan
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 23:18
Islamabad: India is allegedly involved in "sabotaging peace and creating trouble and instability" in Pakistan's Balochistan province and the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, country's Defence Minister said on Wednesday.

Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar brought up Pakistan-India relations and India's involvement in Afghanistan during a meeting with visiting British Minister of State for Armed Forces Bill Rammell.

He said the world community should take note of India's alleged involvement in sabotaging peace and creating trouble in Baluchistan and tribal areas.

"Pakistan wants India to restrict herself to the development of Afghanistan and stop supporting terrorist activities in Pakistan so that durable stability could be brought to the region," Mukhtar was quoted as saying in an official statement.

Mukhtar told Rammell that the regional approach towards Afghanistan is "unlikely to produce fruitful results unless the sensitivities of neighboring countries, particularly Pakistan, are addressed."

The US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan "need to understand and address Pakistan's concern in this regard," he added.

Pakistan is sincere about ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan because a "friendly, peaceful and stable Afghanistan was in the strategic interest of Pakistan," he said.

Pakistan is also playing a positive role in training Afghan forces, he said.

The two leaders also exchanged views on defence cooperation between Pakistan and Britain, the security needs of Pakistan's armed forces and the geo-strategic situation in the region.

Rammell was quoted in the statement as saying that "Pakistan's concerns about India and Afghanistan need to be addressed for stability of the region."

He said Pakistan and India need to create conditions to remove the trust deficit between them and resume their stalled composite dialogue.

All regional powers need to play a role in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan, and Pakistan’s role is of critical importance in this regard, Rammell said.


First Published: Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 23:18

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