Pakistan can’t remain oblivious to evolving security dynamics: FM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan’s conduct continues to be defined by restraint and responsibility and the avoidance of an arms race; however, it cannot remain oblivious to the evolving security dynamics in its immediate neighborhood.

While addressing a Ceremony held at Air University in Islamabad on Thursday, the foreign minister said that India’s hegemonic pretensions present a clear danger to regional stability and to Pakistan’s security.

Qureshi said that India resorts to war-mongering and issues nuclear threats including for short term domestic electoral gains. He further said that New Delhi refuses to bilaterally engage in the dialogue process and rejects proposals aimed at risk reduction, confidence-building and nuclear and missile restraint.

However, he added that Pakistan yet desires peace and strategic stability in order to focus on its socio-economic development agenda.

In addition, he reiterated that Pakistan will continue to stand by Kashmiris in their just struggle for realization of the right to self-determination.

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