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Growing Indo-US ties irk Pakistan

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SHAFQAT ALI
Published Jun 10, 2016, 6:47 am IST
Updated Jun 10, 2016, 7:00 am IST
Aziz says Pak will share its concerns with international community about threats to peace.
Pakistan Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. (Photo: AFP)
 Pakistan Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. (Photo: AFP)

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday expressed concern over growing Indo-US defence relations. Addressing a news conference here, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan will share its concerns with international community about threats to regional peace and stability.

He said Pakistan had the right to maintain minimum nuclear deterrence to defend itself in the given situation. Sartaj Aziz said dialogue was the only way to solution of all outstanding issues between Pakistan and India. He said Pakistan always facilitated Afghan-led peace process for the restoration of peace in that country.

 

The Adviser on foreign affairs said the recent drone attack in which the Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed, has “breached our sovereignty, caused a serious setback to the peace efforts and intensified hostilities in Afghanistan.”

Mr Aziz said the most important diplomatic achievement during the last three years was path breaking transformation in Pakistan’s strategic partnership with China.

He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor involving Chinese investment of $ 46 billion was manifestation of that partnership. Meanwhile on Thursday, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said Pakistan highly valued China's continued support on issues of its national security, territorial integrity and the war on terror.     

 

He said Chinese commitment to Pakistan's infrastructural development, capacity building and emergency relief operations was unmatched and commendable.

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