No country on earth can isolate Pakistan: Pak High Commissioner

No country on earth can isolate Pakistan: Pak High Commissioner

ISLAMABAD, Oct 9 (APP): Pakistan High Commissioner to India  Abdul Basit has said Pakistan is an important member of the international community and India's stated policy to isolate Pakistan had not succeeded.


In an interview appeared in the Times of India on Saturday, he said Pakistan was contributing to international peace and it remained one of the largest contributors to the UN peace keeping missions. "We know our place in the world."


He said Pakistan was a country of 200 million people and blessed with such a remarkable geo strategic location that no country on earth could isolate it.


"In fact, 5 or 10 years down the road, Pakistan is destined to


emerge as a regional economic hub because we are the natural bridge


between West Asia, Central Asia and South Asia. You cannot take that


position from us. Rather than wasting time in isolating Pakistan, it


is important to look at ways to integrate and connect with each


other," he added.


To a question he said South Asian Association for Regional


Cooperation (SAARC) summit was postponed which was a collective loss.


He said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was the elected head of


the government and looking after all affairs of the country.


About Indian claims of surgical strikes, Basit said "If you


want to describe this cross-LoC firing as a surgical strike, we


cannot stop you. But the fact of the matter is no surgical strike


took place. And I can assure you that had there been any surgical


strike, Pakistan would have responded immediately and


proportionately. And we do not need time for preparation."


To another question about Uri attack, he said Pakistan had


already suggested an international probe to ensure conclusive and


irrefutable findings. "Our offer is still there...because we need


to get out of this blame game. And for that, we strongly feel an


international probe would be a much better option," he added.


About dialogue process between two countries, he said that


they did not have any impasse as far as the framework for dialogue


was concerned.


He said the important thing was to get back to the negotiating


table with the framework already decided.


To Indian Occupied Kashmir issue, Basit questioned whether


hundreds of thousands who came out for Wani's funeral were


supporting a terrorist?


"Over 100 people have been killed, more than 14,000 injured


since July 9. Were they also terrorists? If you look at the Kashmiri


struggle through the prism of terrorism, you would arrive at the


wrong conclusion. Do you want to declare all people of J&K


terrorists? This is an indigenous movement as has been proved time


and again," he added.


The High Commissioner said that India could give any name to


the struggle of the Kashmiris, which was enshrined in the UN


Charter, but the facts on the ground won't change.


"We want to have a good relationship with India but the


mistrust we share can't be plugged until there is a just and fair


resolution of the Kashmir dispute," he added.


To a query about Balochistan province Basit replied that the


people of Balochistan were as committed Pakistanis as he was.


"But we have worries beyond that. We know how foreign hands


have been destabilising Balochistan, FATA and other parts of the


country. The arrest of Kulbhushan Jadav vindicates Pakistan," he




About nuclear deterrence, Basit said Pakistan was working to


retain the credibility of its deterrence.


"We would do everything to retain the credibility of our


deterrence but that would be done at the minimum possible level.


Pakistan is not into an interminable arms race with India. Nuclear


deterrence, or deterrence as a whole, is an indispensable part of


our calculus but that is meant to promote peace, not to wage war,"


he added.