Ceasefire violations increased during Modi’s govt: Aziz


Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Saturday said that violations of ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) have increased during Narendra Modi’s government in India.

Addressing a foreign ministers’ forum at a private university of Karachi, Aziz said that India is interfering and promoting terrorism in Pakistan. The NSA said that Pakistan had enough evidence pertaining to Indian meddling in its affairs, adding that the evidence would be presented before the United Nations.

The remarks come against the backdrop of rising tensions, and the cancellation of NSA-level talks with India.

The adviser argued economic and political stability were prerequisites to a balanced foreign policy.

Several steps have been taken during the last two years to keep Pakistan’s foreign policy balanced, added Aziz.

To a question about relations with Afghanistan, he said Pakistan was trying to restore Afghan reconciliation process between the Afghan Taliban and government in Kabul.

He said that 95 per cent of Operation Zarb-e-Azb has been accomplished as all the hideouts of terrorists are demolished completely, adding that at least 60,000 Pakistanis have sacrificed their lives in the war against terrorism.

Addressing the occasion, former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar said that friends and enemies both exist in the region where Pakistan is situated also it is necessary to keep in view the situation of India and Afghanistan while making foreign policy.