India threatening regional security – Alvi

President Dr. Arif Alvi in a group photo during the International Conference on “Global Non Proliferation Regime: Challenges and Response ” organized by Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad on Oct. 15, 2018. (Photo courtesy: President’s Office)
Updated 15 October 2018

India threatening regional security – Alvi

  • Pakistan president says New Delhi’s acquisition of lethal weapons impacts stability in South Asia
  • Urges both countries to save on arms and spend on public welfare

ISLAMABAD: Highlighting the need for India and Pakistan to exercise restraint in acquiring arms and ensure regional stability, President Arif Alvi reiterated that Islamabad would not give up its pursuit of a meaningful engagement with New Delhi specifically for confidence-building measures, Pakistan’s state-run media reported on Monday.
In his comments — made while addressing an international conference in Islamabad on Global Non Proliferation Regime: Challenges and Response — President Alvi suggested that both Pakistan and India need to stop spending more money on acquiring arms and instead channel it toward public welfare.
“Pakistan’s proposal for a strategic restraint regime encompassing conflict resolution and maintaining conventional balance can provide a good basis for regional peace and security,” he said.
Dr. Alvi added that the orientation of Pakistan’s Nuclear Program is civilian and Islamabad has a complete program to harness the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The president said that Pakistan has presented a strong case by applying for the Nuclear Suppliers Group’s membership, due to its efforts and contribution toward non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Insisting that the strategic stability in South Asia is being threatened by the offensive posture and induction of lethal weapons by India, he said: “Discriminatory exemptions by certain countries for the supply of nuclear technology and supply of advanced military hardware in our neighbor has further complicated the regional security and undermined the credibility of non-proliferation regime.”
He hoped that good sense will prevail and that both Pakistan and India agree on the framework for strategic stability. The President also called for the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute to ensure world peace.

Pakistan ‘wants to play its role’ for peace in Middle East – FO

Updated 12 January 2020

Pakistan ‘wants to play its role’ for peace in Middle East – FO

  • Work on foreign minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Iran and the United States being done
  • Pakistan’s strong relations with regional countries has made it an important player

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated on Thursday that the country was going to play its role in restoring peace in the Middle East by working with other international stakeholders in the region.

“Pakistan welcomes de-escalation and wants to play its role in ensuring peace and stability in the region. We have seen that indication in United States President [Donald] Trump’s speech and are evaluating its contours,” the country’s foreign office spokesperson, Aisha Farooqui, said in her weekly media briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

She said that Pakistan’s geographical position, along with its strong relations with regional countries and the United States, had made it a significant player in the Middle East.

“Pakistan has maintained that war is not the solution to any issue and made it clear that it will not become part of any regional conflict,” she said.

The spokesperson noted that Islamabad had enhanced its efforts to defuse tensions in the region and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had contacted his counterparts in Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and many other important states in this connection.

“All the international players, including Saudi Arabia, have said that the region cannot afford another war and asked for restraint from both parties [the US and Iran]. It’s a collective objective of all countries to ensure peace and stability in the Middle East,” she said.

Commenting on the foreign minister’s upcoming visit to Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the US, she said that “work on these tours has already started and they will take place as soon as dates are finalized with the respective countries.”

“We are very mindful for our brotherly and friendly relations with Saudi Arabia, Iran, and other regional countries. Pakistan and the US also enjoy longstanding relations and have contacts with each other through multiple forums including political and military leadership,” Farooqui said, adding that the foreign office had established a task force to continuously monitor the situation in the Middle East and inform the government about it along with its suggestions on a daily basis.

The spokesperson expressed hope that recent developments in the Middle East would not affect the ongoing Afghan peace process.

“Pakistan hopes that progress made on Afghan peace process will not come to a halt and the world community will not lose its focus as a result of the ongoing tensions in the Middle East,” she said.

Asked about the safety of Pakistani nationals in Iraq, she said the country’s embassy in Baghdad was on the alert to deal with any emergency situation.

“We are concerned about the safety of Pakistani citizens in Iraq and have issued an advisory in this regard. We have also instructed our mission in Baghdad to remain vigilant to deal with any emergency,” Farooqui said.