ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The National Security Adviser Lt General (Retd) Nasser Khan Janjua has said that two neighboring Nuclear Countries Pakistan and India cannot be enemy forever.
“We need to engage with each other and resolve disputes,” he said talking to High Commissioner of Canada to Pakistan Perry John Calderwood in Islamabad on Tuesday.
During the meeting, they discussed regional dynamics and bilateral relations, Pakistan’s role in eradicating terrorism, counter terrorism cooperation, implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) and Pakistan-India relations with reference to United States’ offer for mediation.
Nasser Janjua underlined the need of non-discriminatory approach in considering Pakistan membership for Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG).
Regarding increasing strategic imbalance of region, the adviser said that international community is over-looking Kashmir cause for some of their own strategic interests related to India.
The adviser said that it is expected that the international community would stand with morality and human rights, adding Pakistan welcomes the US offer to mediate between India and Pakistan to resolve Kashmir dispute while India has rejected the offer. He said that although India regards Kashmir a bilateral issue yet it has defeated spirit of bilateralism by defying any dialogue.
Janjua said that terrorism undoubtedly has turned into a global phenomenon, and said that “Extreme thoughts are to be mitigated through change of perception by winning hearts and minds and not by use of force alone.”
The security adviser also highlighted implementation and achievements of NAP, and said it is a collective endeavour of people, civil and military.
The adviser further said that Pakistan highly values its relationship with Canada which has helped significantly in its development efforts for decades through humanitarian assistance and developmental programmes.
Nasser Janjua emphasized the need for high level visits, enhanced trade, cooperation in education and development as well as facilitation of visa for better people to people contact.
Pakistan looked forward to strengthen and diversify its ties with Canada, he added.
The Canadian high commissioner said that Pakistan is a beautiful country with dynamic and entrepreneurial population, and unique and diverse culture.
Perry John Calderwood stressed the importance of strengthening of bilateral ties between the two Countries.
“Pakistan is an important partner of Canada and we enjoy multi-dimensional relationship with Pakistan,” he said.
The high commissioner said that relationship with Pakistan spans trade and educational opportunities as well as collaborating in peace keeping, combating crime and terrorism, and supporting democratic institutions. He said that Pakistan is on a threshold of economic boom and there exists a huge potential for Canadian firms to capitalize.