Decries about India’s alleged defiance of UNSC resolutions on Kashmir
Pakistan has criticised the efforts of US administration to prop India as a regional power and advised that countries should be given such statuses on the basis of their “constructive contributions”.
Reacting to the new US National Security Strategy (NSS) announced by Trump administration, the Foreign Office in Islamabad reiterated its allegations about India’s defiance to the UN Security Council resolutions about Kashmir on Tuesday.
According to Dawn, the statement issued by Foreign Office at Islamabad said, “Ironically, a country with a record of defiance of UNSC [United Nations Security Council] resolutions, introduction of nuclear weapons in South Asia and use of terrorism as a state policy is being projected as a regional leader.”
The US new strategy, while referring to India has stated, “We welcome India’s emergence as a leading global power and stronger strategic and defence partner. We will deepen our strategic partnership with India and support its leadership role in Indian Ocean security and throughout the broader region.”
Pakistan’s foreign office further stated that the “violence committed by India in held Kashmir and ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) targeting civilians are undermining strategic stability in South Asia.”
The Trump administration’s first NSS urged Pakistan to demonstrate that it’s a “responsible steward” of its nuclear assets and expressed concern on a possible nuclear conflict with India.
US President Donald Trump, while announcing new National Security Strategy (NSS) on Monday had described India as a “leading global power” while it asked Pakistan to take “decisive action” against terrorist groups operating from its soil.
The reaction came at a time when several governments were assessing and examining Trump’s NSS and its impact on their interests.
In its overall reaction to the Trump’s new strategy, Pakistan rejected certain “unsubstantiated allegations” and “unfounded accusations” saying it “belie facts on ground and trivialize Pakistan’s efforts for fighting terrorism and our unmatched sacrifices to promote peace and stability in the region.”
Islamabad claimed of “Pakistan being at the forefront in the fight against regional and global terrorism”. It further says that it is because of Pakistan’s cooperation with the international community, “acknowledged and appreciated by the US leadership”, that the Al- Qaeda core was decimated from the region.
Without naming India or Afghanistan the statement said, “In a troubled neighbourhood, Pakistan continues to suffer at the hands of state sponsored terrorism, funded and abetted by our neighbours through proxies. These proxies, consisting of individuals, organizations and intelligence agencies, are working against Pakistan at the behest of regional adversaries.”
Earlier in August this year, US President Donald Trump, while releasing new south Asia policy, toughened position on Pakistan for its “safe havens for terrorist organisations” saying, “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations. We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting.” Pakistan had expressed concern on the move.
In September Pakistan’s foreign minister Khwaja Asif had admitted the presence of terror groups in territories under their control and government’s inaction against them.