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Nuclearization and militarization of Indian Ocean poses a grave threat to the regional peace and security- (11th Feb)

A three-day International maritime Security Conference begun in Karachi yesterday. Addressing the opening session of Conference, President Azad Kashmir Masood Khan said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has furthered the need for augmenting the maritime security. All naval forces across the world have a pivotal role in maritime security. While Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that nuclearization and militarization of Indian Ocean poses a grave threat to the regional peace and security.

Analysts on Phone:

Brig (Retd) Said Nazir (Defense Analyst):

The participation of 36 countries in "Aman 17" exercise is a good development. These countries have modern technology marines. Such exercises would be helpful in combating piracy in oceans. For the first time Gawadar Port will handle commercial containerized cargo for export through China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Such exercises will also be useful in the security of these cargo vessels. "Aman 17" is also a message for India that its efforts to isolate Pakistan will never be successful. These exercises are also the oppurtunities to express solidarity among countries.

Pakistan committed to countering ‘all militant groups’-Mattis recognizes the significant sacrifices the Pakistan military has made- (10th Feb)

Pakistan is committed to countering “all militant groups” operating within its territory, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has assured United States Defence Secretary James Mattis during their first telephonic conversation. Gen. Rtd. Mattis reaffirmed the importance of bilateral military relationship in his phone chat with the army chief.

Analysts on Phone:

Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed (Senior Analyst):

More than 13,000 American troops are present in Afghanistan and still we expect increase in their numbers. Afghan troops are also involved in firing at Pak-Afghan border. Terrorists come to Pakistan across the border to carry out terrorist activities here. The cooperation of Pakistan and Afghanistan is vital for regional peace. Civil and Military leaders of both the countries should have time to time meeting. Both should have to support each other in war against terrorism without any discrimination.

Pakistan expresses serious concern over building of a secret nuclear city and development of inter-continental ballistic missile by India- (9th Feb)

Pakistan expressed serious concern over building of a secret nuclear city and development of inter-continental ballistic missiles by India . India has accumulated a stockpile of nuclear weapons which threatens to undermine the strategic balance of power in the region.

Continued unprovoked ceasefire violations by India along the Line of Control and Working boundary is potential threat to regional stability- (8th Feb)

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa chaired the 199th Corps Commanders' conference in Rawalpindi on Wednesday. The meeting condemned recent terrorist incidents in Afghanistan and expressed solidarity with Afghan people and their security forces.

Analysts live on Phone: 

Maj Gen (Retd) Farooq Malik (Defense Analyst):

India wants to destabilize balance of power in the region as it has involved itself in arm race. Indian forces are continuously violating LoC and the Working Boundary since Modi’s government came into power. Former COAS Gen Raheel Sharif warned India a number of times to stop its aggression at LoC but Indian government always responded negatively. Now the COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has also cautioned India to stop violating LoC and the Working Boundary. International community must also take notice of Indian activities otherwise it will be threat to regional peace.

Ali Sarwar Naqvi (Former Ambassador):

Indian negative attitude will affect the regional peace. India does not want to resolve outstanding issues through dialogue and violates LoC and the Working Boundary. Pakistan wish for peace should not be considered as its weakness. Pakistan has so adopted the policy of patience otherwise the situation could be worst. If India still retains its aggressive policy towards Pakistan then Pakistan should have to take certain measures to respond Indian aggression in a powerful way.

Host:       Hafiz Abdul Majid

Co-Host: Dr. Khuram Iqbal

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