NEW YORK: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Munir Akram has said that India has operationalized its dangerous doctrines of pre-emptive aggression against Pakistan and Islamabad will do whatever it takes to preserve full spectrum deterrence to prevent and defeat any potential Indian aggression, The Express Tribune reported.
While speaking at the General Debate of the First Committee of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly on Monday, the envoy warned about the threat posed by India’s far-right Hindutva regime’s quest for regional hegemony to international peace and security, saying Pakistan would continue with its policy of Full Spectrum Deterrence (FSD) to counter any potential Indian aggression.
Ambassador Munir Akram said that the actions of India’s fascist regimes were in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions that called for a plebiscite to enable the occupied Kashmiri people to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination.
“It (India) has unleashed the most brutal reign of terror and oppression on the Kashmiri people – youth, women and civilians – and against its own 200 million Muslim minority,” the Pakistani envoy said, adding that it has financed, facilitated and directed state-sponsored terrorism against Pakistan and other neighbours.
“To camouflage its crimes, it has resorted to the world’s most notorious disinformation campaign,” he added.
Noting that India’s oppressive policies are accompanied by the quest for regional hegemony and “great power” status, despite its domestic political and economic disarray, the top diplomat told the panel about its massive militarisation, spending $73 billion last year on the acquisition and development of new conventional and non-conventional land, air and sea weapons systems.
“India has also nuclearized the Indian Ocean; deployed anti-ballistic missile systems; acquired anti-satellite weapons; and increased the range and sophistication of all its delivery systems,” Ambassador Munir Akram said.
“Those states which so eagerly provide these advanced weapons systems and technologies to India must know that 70 per cent of India’s weaponry and forces are deployed against Pakistan, not to serve its promised role as a counter to the rising Asian great power in the so-called ‘Indo-Pacific’ region.
“Peace and stability in South Asia can be achieved through the resolution of the disputes between Pakistan and India, first and foremost; the maintenance of a balance of conventional and strategic military forces between Pakistan and India and reciprocal measures for nuclear and missile and military restraint between the two countries.
“Pakistan’s proposal for a strategic restraint regime in South Asia remains on the table,” the envoy added.