Pakistan expresses concerns over Indo-US growing defense ties

Pakistan expresses concerns over Indo-US growing defense ties

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to PM Nawaz on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan has concerns over the Indo-US growing defense ties and the matter would be raised before US authorities.

Addressing a media briefing here at today in Islamabad, Sartaj Aziz made it clear that Pakistan wants to continue process of dialogues between both countries because negotiation is the only way to settle all dispute including Kashmir but dialogues process was suspended by India making Pathankot attack as an excuse.

Pakistan will decide to maintain power balance in South Asia because we have right to maintain minimum nuclear deterrence to defend ourselves in the present situation, Sartaj explained adding that Pakistan is peace loving country and wants to establish peaceful and friendly ties with all neighbor countries including Afghanistan.

Expressing his concerns over the recent drone attack in Baluchistan, he added that US drone strike has severely affected Afghan peace process. Pakistan is determined to root out the scourge of terrorism and making all efforts in this regard. Sartaj elaborated.

Highlighting the Kashmir issue, PM Advisor pointed out that Pakistan would extend its all support for Kashmiris and Kashmir dispute would be raised at all forums for their self-determination right.

Pakistan gives high importance to its ties with Islamic countries and values 34 nation Muslim countries alliance, Sartaj stated adding that Pakistan will further strengthen its trade ties with Iran after the end of economic sanctions.

Talking about CPEC project, he pointed out that political stability is necessary to achieve economic goals while China has become the largest trading partner and both countries bilateral trade has reached at 19 billion dollars. China Pakistan Economic Corridor will open a new way of development in both countries.