Pakistan President terms India biggest hurdle in establishing peace
Mamnoon Hussain says “sincere efforts have not been reciprocated in the same spirit”
ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday strongly condemned India’s aggressive attitude for its acts of aggression on the Line of Control and termed it “the biggest hurdle in establishing peace and stability in the region.”
Addressing the joint sitting of parliament at the beginning of the new parliamentary year, he spoke at length about the country’s foreign relations, state of economy, pace of development and the need for rising above political differences to jointly work for progress and prosperity of the country.
The president while referring to ties with India said Pakistan desires resolution of all disputes through dialogue, but pointed out; “it is regrettable that our sincere efforts have not been reciprocated in the same spirit.”
He said the situation has been exacerbated by India promoting subversive acts of espionage and disruption, as was “evident from the arrest and confessional statement of an Indian spy.”
He termed the issue of Jammu and Kashmir as part of the unfinished agenda of the partition of the subcontinent.
“Our Kashmiri brothers, sisters, sons and daughters are protesting for their fundamental right of freedom for which they were being subjected to the worst kind of atrocities,” the president said.
“Due to such conduct, India has become the biggest hurdle in establishing peace and stability in the region.”
He reiterated Pakistan’s stand of political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri brethren and categorically stated that the only solution to the Kashmir dispute was holding of a plebiscite as prescribed under the resolutions of the United Nations.
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He also spoke of Pakistan’s ties with China, India, Afghanistan, Central Asian states, Russia and Turkey.
He said as declared by Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan would abide by the principles of moral support for the oppressed people of the world and would not harbour aggressive designs against any country.
He recalled that Jinnah had declared that the foreign policy of Pakistan would be based on friendship, peace and impartiality with all nations, particularly the neighbours.
The president during his address to the joint-sitting attended by the Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, governors of the four provinces, diplomats, services chiefs, also spoke of the tangible steps taken to include the marginalised classes in the development process.
He commended the steps being taken to bring Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in national mainstream and hoped that rising above their vested interests, all segments of society would participate in national reconstruction.
Hussain said during the last few decades that the country’s precious resources have been squandered due to directionless and non-deliberate policies.
“I am thankful that now the nation perceives the sense of loss and has the passion of doing something about it.”
He said rising above individual and parochial interests was imperative to attain higher objectives of national progress and prosperity.
He stressed on large-heartedness to ensure continuity of political process. The president attributed the root cause of political or economic conspiracies, misgivings about national security and other intricate issues to the events of the past, wrong decisions and policies adopted for short-term objectives.
He said usually such state of affairs was blamed on political opponents to belittle them, and termed it the primary cause of most of the political problems that led to a halt in the process of development.