ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan is a peace-loving country and its conduct as a nuclear state will continue to be defined by restraint and responsibility.
Addressing a webinar organised to mark Yaum-e-Takbeer here on Thursday, the foreign minister said, “We are opposed to a nuclear or conventional arms race in the region.”
He said that Pakistan has demonstrated its commitment to peace and stability by putting forward the proposal for a strategic restraint regime. “Our desire for peace should not leave anyone in doubt regarding our capability and we will defend ourselves effectively against any form of aggression,” he said.
He said, “Today we are commemorating Yaum-e-Takbeer in the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic which threatens the international community without regard to geographic boundaries, and ethnic, political and religious divides.”
He said the recent escalation along the Line of Control (LoC), incessant ceasefire violations and the canard of cross-border infiltration are designed to divert international attention from the gross human rights violations by the Indian occupation forces in Occupied Kashmir.
The foreign minister said that BJP government’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 in an attempt to change the internationally-recognized disputed status of occupied Jammu and Kashmir and alter its demographic structure in flagrant violation of the Security Council resolutions, UN Charter and bilateral agreements have engendered further volatility in South Asia.
Qureshi categorically stated that any aggression by India will receive a befitting response. In a statement, he said Pakistani people and armed forces are ever ready to respond to any Indian hostility.
The foreign minister said, “India’s bellicosity is aimed at provoking Pakistan, but we showed patience in the past and will exercise restraint in future too.” However, he made it clear that Pakistan reserves complete right to its defense.
Qureshi said, “We prefer the path of peace but our desire for calm should not be misconstrued as our weakness.” He gave a clear message to India to act sensibly and live with peace.