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India wasted opportunity for normalisation of ties with us: Pakistan Defence Minister

The statement was made after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman warned Pakistan after Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militants attacked a military camp in Sunjuwan in Kashmir that left six soldiers and a civilian dead. 

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: February 15, 2018 3:44 pm
India wasted opportunity for peace with Pak Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Express photo by Jaipal Singh

Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that India has not only wasted the opportunity for normalisation of ties with Islamabad but also restricted the space for peace through its “hostile” stance, according to a media report. The defence minister made the comments on Wednesday while announcing a policy statement in the Senate, Dawn News reported.

“The unremittingly hostile, anti-Pakistan stance by the current Indian government has drastically reduced the space for any advocacy of peace,” he said. Khan noted that the Indian government also “wasted the opportunity for making peace at a time when a political consensus existed within Pakistan for improving relations with India”. “Pakistan’s perception of threat from India is not reflex; it is based upon a thorough assessment of Indian capacity to threaten Pakistan’s military from an unprecedented forward position,” he said and reminded that “the threat is calculated on capacity, not intent”.

The statement was made after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman warned Pakistan after Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militants attacked a military camp in Sunjuwan in Kashmir that left six soldiers and a civilian dead. The paper also reported an escalation in ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary. Violations of a 2003 ceasefire pact, a key confidence building measure between India and Pakistan have seen a spike in 2017 compared 2015 and 2016, it said.

The pattern has continued this year and there have been more than 200 violations in the first six weeks of 2018, the report said.

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    Ajay S.
    Feb 15, 2018 at 7:04 pm
    Pakistan has made two major mistakes in their foreign policy. According to Chanakya, you can't have partnership between two unequal countries. In such an alliance, there can be relationship of boss and servant but not of friendship. The first mistake Pakistan has made is to align itself with two unequal partners- USA in eighties and China right now. Both have only used Pakistan for their own benefit- USA used them against Russia and China is using them against India. Their second mistake has to do with violence versus peace. Their choice of violent culture has led them to the path of destruction. Muslims in India have done better than Muslims in Pakistan because they have chosen peace over violence. Pakistanis should look themselves in the mirror- they would realize that they don't look like American, Chinese or Arabs. Their natural partner is India. With India, one and one would have become eleven. India, Pakistan and Afghanistan (together) would be stronger than any country.
    1. A
      Feb 16, 2018 at 9:08 pm
      Your thoughts are valid and refreshing. The only problem is that we are dealing with a big mass of delusional people. The Pakistanis have been brainwashed into thinking that they are unique. I had a Pakistani engineer, who was my colleague at my place of work while overseas. This person was a polite person and of course well educated. Once we were discussing about things and he said that he was descendent of Taimur Lang. I could not resist and asked him few questions, after that he did not speak to me for a while. The questions were, 1. Was it correct that Taimur Lang was from somewhere in Uzbekistan? -- He said, Yes. 2. Is it not correct that the Uzbekis are supposed to have strong Mongoloid features. -- He said, Yes. 3. How does he explain his facial features and skin colour, which were as Indian as mine? -- He went stone cold and was gritting his teeth in anger. Their Pakistani history teacher forgot to tell them that they were children of invaders who raped their Indian mothers.
    2. Nilesh Jain
      Feb 15, 2018 at 6:33 pm
      which one ? with satellite on my head ? with stalking around ? you say this opportunity of forced, manipulated, trick to steal ?
      1. Narendra M. Apte
        Feb 15, 2018 at 6:29 pm
        1. Our External affairs Minister Smt Sushama Swaraj has very unambiguously told that a dialogue with Pakistan is possible only after Pakistan stops providing assistance to terror groups like JuD LeT and Pakistani Taliban. 2. Pakistan’s duplicity is now well known. On the one hand Pakistan will continue to say that it wants to have good relations with India and for that it wants a dialogue to start. On the other hand, Pakistan’s military and other establishments like ISI continue to provide all kinds of assistance to terror groups mentioned above whose only aim is to create trouble in Kashmir and other parts of India. Hence it is necessary to tell Pakistan once again that no peace talks would ever be possible in the cur situation. Pakistan’s Defence Minister may anything but no one believes him. 3. Death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav underscores real intentions of Pakistan. Pakistan is virtually under control of its Army and at present there is little hope for a dialogue.
        1. T
          Feb 15, 2018 at 6:06 pm
          He will get the reply when India strikes. I am waiting for Sitaraman's Pak will pay back action. Hope it is not just words
          1. Mukta Vartak
            Feb 15, 2018 at 5:54 pm
            Look who is talking ????
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