Pakistan, on Friday, restated that it would not respond to India’s demonstration of utter aggression, but rather, it would defend its borders, waters and space against any attacks by the neighboring country.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affair Sartaj Aziz presented forth the police statements in the National Assembly, asserting that Pakistan has always opted for talking the Kashmir Issue out, as it was the main thing on the country’s agenda.
They said the government was taking up the Indian aggression matter with the United Nations along with the rest of the world, to pressurize India to stop the ongoing escalation in seized Kashmir and along the LoC.
Many lawmakers have pleaded the government to stop acting restraint, adding further that it would only embolden the Narendra Modi government in pressuring Pakistan on all fronts.
“We are ready for a dialogue with India if the Kashmir issue is included in [the agenda],” said Mr Aziz in his eight-minute-long speech on the floor of the house. Indian forces have overlooked all international norms by attacking an ambulance at the LoC, he said, adding that the attack, which claimed over 11 lives, added to worsening of the situation to another extent.
Mr. Aziz further said, that India wanted to divert the world’s attention away from the Kashmir issue where the situation worsened after the death of freedom fighter Burhan Wani.
“We held a meeting with representatives of P5 countries (permanent members of the United Nations Security Council) and wrote letters to their governments telling them that India was violating all international laws and killing innocent people in Kashmir and at the LoC…thus it should be condemned by the entire world,” he added.
He also said Pakistan has actively taken the Kashmir issue forward, since the PM delivered his speech at the UNGA. “It is an indigenous freedom movement…led by youths. We will continue [to offer] political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiris,” he said.
Also, Mr Aziz asked political parties to avoid scoring political points on the Kashmir and the LoC issue as it conveyed a wrong message to the rest of the world. Pakistan would give India a befitting response to any aggression in the border areas and would not come under pressure, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Asif said that India would face dire consequences if it went to war against Pakistan.
“We will kill three Indian soldiers for every Pakistani soldier they kill.”
He further maintain that India at this point, can also not afford to have but neither it is determined to give [Kashmiris] their due right to self-determination, because [if it did] a dozen other independence movements would rise up in its wake. Also, he said Modi’s government is intentionally trying to intensify the situation at the LoC due to domestic compulsions and to win people’s support in the upcoming general elections.
He said Pakistan had credible evidence that India was behind terrorism in Pakistan. “We have sent dossiers and video films to the UN and other countries showing Indian involvement in terrorism in Pakistan,” he added. The CPEC terrified India as it would prove a game changer for Pakistan, said Mr Asif. “What it’s doing at LoC is meant to create hurdles in the way of CPEC. We might be economically weaker than India, but India knows that once the CPEC is complete, we will rise stronger,” he added.
Mr Asif said that Pakistan would not retaliate, rather it would try to maintain a balance of power in the region.
MNA Naveed Qamar of the Pakistan Peoples Party said that Pakistan could not afford a tit-for-tat response to India as it was too weak to face the consequences. Indian aggression at the LoC was an attempt to isolate Pakistan from the rest of the world, he added. The lawmaker also added that India has its own economic worth, as it exported to every state, including China, the US, Russia and European countries. “It is exploiting its economic status,” he said.
He requested the government to rethink the foreign policy and work towards the improvement of ties with its neighbors: Iran, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. MNA Ijazul Haq informed the house that India had a 7km-wide buffer zone across the border where no civilian locality was allowed. However, Pakistan did not even have a 1km-wide buffer zone. He urged the government to teach India a lesson. The Indian high commissioner was summoned to the Foreign Office 16 times since the aggression began, but nothing came of it, he said.
MNAs Ayaz Soomro of the PPP and Muhammad Kamal of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement demanded that Pakistan forcefully respond to Indian attacks. “We are already in a state of war,” said Mr Kamal.