India must stop sponsoring terror to move forward: Moeed Yusuf

The Nation  |  Jul 25, 2021

ISLAMABAD   -   National Security Advisor Dr Moeed Yusuf has urged India to stop sponsoring terrorism against Pakistan to move forward. While laying out Pakistan’s position on Kashmir, Dr Yusuf said that the government and people of Pakistan will remain committed to the Kashmir cause till such time that the Kashmiris are granted their right to self-determination under UNSC resolutions.

“There can be no forward movement unless India takes concrete steps to reverse the situation on the ground in IIOJK (Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir),” he said in an interview with prominent Indian journalist Karan Thapar yesterday. 

Elaborating the offer from India to hold talks, Dr Yusuf said that Pakistan had clearly communicated to India that it must halt demographic change in IIOJK, ensure the protection of Kashmiri identity and give Kashmiris their rights before any dialogue or talks can take place.

Bangladesh plans to vaccinate 80% people by early 2022 The NSA also provided details of Indian sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan. He said Pakistan had provided a detailed dossier with evidences on Indian involvement in terrorism inside Pakistan. 

He provided information about RAW’s involvement in the Johar Town blast in Lahore last month, saying that evidence of banking transactions, telephone records and cyber-attacks revealed direct involvement of India in the attacks.

Dr Yusuf said that Indian intelligence agencies were deliberately targeting CPEC and Chinese interests in Pakistan through their terrorist proxies.

He said that Pakistan had always stood for peace and Prime Minister Imran Khan had clearly said in Tashkent that Pakistan wanted to have a civilized relationship with India as a neighbour, but the Indian government’s RSS inspired Hindutva ideology was a stumbling block. He asked why people inside India were comparing Indian PM Narendra Modi to Adolf Hitler?

3.2 million voters to elect 45 legislators of AJK Assembly today He said Pakistan was deeply concerned about India’s rogue behaviour including reports of Indian state-sponsored spying on Pakistani individuals revealed under the recent Pegasus scandal and the revelation made by Indian Foreign Minister that the Modi government had politicized the Financial Action Tas Force technical process to ensure Pakistan remains in the grey list despite meeting almost all technical criteria.

In response to a question on whether a window of opportunity remained for Pakistan and India to move forward, Dr Yusuf said that Pakistan hoped that the possibility of moving forward remained if the Indian government realized its mistakes in IIOJK and took the right steps to reverse the situation on the ground to before 5th August 2019. 

“If India takes such actions and ends terrorism inside Pakistan, then both countries can work towards resolving their core issues which will benefit the common citizens of both countries,” he added.

Nothing can come between Pakistan, China: FM Qureshi He said Pakistan is pursuing a policy of geo-economics and this is why Pakistan wanted peace and stability in Afghanistan. He said Pakistani leadership has spent over 15000 hours in trying to convince all parties in the Afghan conflict to sit together and find a negotiated inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan for peace and stability because Pakistan did not want a protracted war in Afghanistan. 

The NSA said that Pakistan was committed to working with all regional countries that wanted peace and stability in Afghanistan. However, alluding to India, he said countries that were spoilers in Afghanistan and did not want peace in the country must desist from their negative actions. 

Dr Yusuf also categorically said that India has turned Afghanistan into a terrorism hub by sponsoring anti-Pakistan terrorist groups and this was unacceptable for Pakistan.

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