ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan called for regional peace and stressed that friendly relations between India and Pakistan are vital to peace in South Asia.
"Instead of fighting each other together [Pakistan and India] It can combat poverty, the challenges of climate change and hunger, "the prime minister said as he addressed the closing session of the 2019 Margalla Dialogue on" Peace and Development in South Asia, the Middle East and Central Asia "on Thursday.
Referring to the Iran-Saudi Arabia and Iran-United States conflicts, the prime minister said Pakistan would not fight the war of any other country.
He warned the international community that a very serious situation was developing in the region due to India and said: “This is the moment when the international community must intervene; otherwise, the consequences will affect the entire world. "
Friendly ties between Pak and India are considered vital for regional peace
He said that India was in the "hands of extremist and racist ideologues" who were promoting the "hate ideology" in the South Asian region. “Nobody knows where India is going now. People are afraid. The media have been afraid of submission. This will lead to destruction and India will suffer, ”he added.
The prime minister said that due to the hatred ideology of India and the Kashmir problem, Pakistan was also not out of the danger zone. "[Indian PM Narendra] Modi is in a dead end. The people of Kashmir live in the curfew for the last 100 days, human rights have been abused and civil liberties have been taken away. Muslim leadership has been imprisoned and young people are being picked up in the dark of the night, ”he lamented.
Prime Minister Khan said Pakistan would no longer join any alliance for war in any other country, but would play the role of "reconciler or bridge builder." "Pakistan has learned lessons from its foreign policy over the past four decades and we will not fight another person's war," he added.
He recalled that Pakistan had suffered immensely as a frontline state during the Afghan jihad of the 1980s and the US war on terrorism following the September 11 incident. He said that although foreign funding flowed to Pakistan during these wars, the cost paid in the form of a disaster in society was much higher. "The impact on society must still analyze the seriousness of the negativity that these wars inflicted on Pakistan," he said. "For this reason, we have now decided to play the role of bridge builders and reconcilers."
On the foreign policy of two major world powers, the prime minister said that China's approach to infrastructure development had a superior position compared to the United States, which spent billions of dollars in wars against other countries.
Mr. Khan said that Pakistan was on its way to progress by taking corrective action, including the introduction of a facility for doing business and promoting tourism and sports in the country.
The two-day dialogue organized by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) brought together security experts and politicians from 13 countries to discuss the scenario of current challenges in the region. During the four sessions, experts deliberated on different regional and current issues, including the Kashmir dispute, the Afghan conflict, the Middle East situation, Pakistan's role in the geopolitical situation, cybersecurity, climate change and security. of the water.
Published on Dawn, November 15, 2019