West desires better ties with India due to a shared anti-China policy: Pak NSA Janjua
Islamabad: Pakistan's National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasir Khan Janjua on Tuesday said Western powers want better ties with India due to their shared anti-China policy.
"Western powers desire better relations with India due to a shared anti-China policy despite the fact that a peaceful region and world is in Chinese interest and China has no ill will towards any of these countries," said Janjua who was addressing a seminar titled 'Pakistan's Role in Promoting Global Peace and Security' in Islamabad
Citing India's heavy military spending and acquisition of weapons as a threat to his country and its effort for regional peace, Janjua said, Pakistan is a peace-loving country but its efforts to promote regional peace are hindered by Indian desire to acquire military and strategic weapons.
The NSA said the world has never acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terror, despite the trying circumstances the country has faced.
“Pakistan did not ask Russia to go and conquer Afghanistan. It was their own call. Pakistan and Afghanistan were forced into the war,” he said.
“We will have to put an end to the wave of wars Muslim countries have fallen siege to,” he said. "Both Pakistan and India will have to invest in peace, he said.
He said both India and Pakistan were fighting terrorism and they need cooperation and not hostility. He said being nuclear state, both countries need cooperative relationship.
Janjua’s statement coincided with the release of an annual report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri), which listed the 15 highest spending nations on military. India featured number six on the list, up a rank from its position of the previous year.
Data revealed by Sipri puts Pakistan’s military expenditure in 2015 at $9.5 billion, higher than the previous year’s $8.7 billion.
India's military spending in 2015 however, came in at $51.3 billion, an increase of 0.4 per cent over the previous year.
Janjua went on to add that the increase in India’s weapons and nuclear arms poses a great danger to Pakistan’s security.
"Those who look for solutions through might will have to sit on the seats of dialogue to talk about peace and find real solutions. World powers might be cooperating with India on defence and nuclear weapons, but their discriminatory attitude against Pakistan must stop."
"It’s about time that all countries stop pointing fingers at each other, and come together to work for peace."
(with IANS inputs)