Pakistan’s National Security Advisor, Sartaj Aziz has launched a blistering attack on PM Narendra Modi warning him not to behave like the ‘regional superpower’ in South Asia.
In an interview with a Pakistani TV channel, Aziz said that Pakistan too was a nuclear state and knew how to defend itself.
He added, “Ever since Modi sahab has formed government in India, he’s started believing that India was a regional superpower. Let’s not forget that Pakistan too is a nuclear state and knows how to defend itself. If India and Pakistan can talk on terrorism, then why not on other issues?”
Aziz said that Pakistan wanted to talk in accordance with what had been agreed between the two prime ministers in Ufa last month. He said India had asked not to include Kashmir in the joint declaration of Ufa.
He said, ” If Kashmir is not an issue for India, then what are 7 lakh Indian troops doing there?”
Aziz said that the tension at the LoC was a humanitarian issue and Pakistan will continue to raise this at every level.
India and Pakistan were scheduled to hold NSA-level talks on 23 August but Pakistan decided not to send Aziz arguing that India had set ‘too many preconditions’ for the talks.
Reacting to Pakistan’s decision, Indian foreign ministry’s spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that it was ‘unfortunate’ that Aziz had cancelled his visit adding that ‘India did not set any preconditions.’
Swarup added that India had only ‘reiterated’ that Pakistan respected ‘the spirit of Simla and Ufa agreements to which it was already committed.’