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Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria at the weekly briefing in Islamabad today said Indian action has upset balance of power in the region and Pakistan has informed the international community about its concerns on the Indian ambitious missile programme. Pakistan was not oblivious to its defense needs and we will be compelled to upgrade our defense capabilities . We reserve the right to maintain effective deterrence and Pakistan is ready to defend its borders and people. In discriminatory action is being taken against all the militant groups and Quadrilateral Coordination Group has acknowledged Pakistan's sincere efforts for peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. QCG is trying to bring all the Afghan groups to the negotiating table. 

Pakistan has expressed serious concern over nuclearization of Indian Ocean by India and declared that it will take all necessary measures to augment its defence capabilities . Making a statement in the Senate today, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan is not oblivious to its defence needs and would upgrade its defence capabilities through suitable technologies without entering into arms race. Referring to India's recent interceptor missile test and submarine-launched K-4 nuclear capable missile test, the Adviser said these developments are part of a massive conventional, nuclear and missile development programme pursued by India, leading to nuclearization of Indian Ocean. He pointed out that introduction of these systems in Indian Ocean will not only upset strategic balance in South Asia but also affect maritime security of all 32 littoral states around Indian Ocean. He said this is contrary to the policy of peaceful and friendly neighbourhood, which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has espoused.  

Pakistan and the United States have discussed regional security situation with particular reference to Afghanistan.  

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that sovereign and peaceful Afghanistan is imperative not only for Pakistan but the whole region. He was talking to US permanent representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson in Islamabad today. Dialogue is the only solution to Afghan issue. Richard Olson said the United States values Pakistan's contributions for peace and stability in the region. His country values its relations with Pakistan and wants to further expand them.


GEN RAHEEL, OLSON DISCUSS SECURITY SITUATION

The visiting US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard G. Olson called on Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in Rawalpindi today. They discussed overall regional security situation with particular reference to Afghanistan. The Ambassador also appreciated Pakistan's efforts in fight against terrorism.

US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson also called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

On the occasion, Finance Minister said US Exim Bank's planned financing for 3,600 megawatts of LNG based power projects would open new avenues of bilateral cooperation. Richard Olson informed the Minister about the preparations for US-Pak Business Opportunities Conference to be held in New York on 3rd of the next month.

Analysts   

Nafees Zakariya (Foreign Office Spokesperson)

"Recently, a conference on Disarmament was held in Geneva. Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi represented Pakistan’s stance in the meeting. Pakistan has also issued a detailed statement, in which it has clearly stated its concerns over the issue. Pakistan raises its reservations about strategic balance and regional security issue on all concerned platforms because we do not want an arms race to begin and to be a part of it. US, China and other European countries have voiced the same reservations on the issue."

Aqeel Yousafzai (Eminent Journalist):

“Although, the quadrilateral conference has finished without any progress made on Afghanistan issue, but it finished deadlock between Afghan government and the Taliban. Today, the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has also said that the dialogue process is the only way to maintain enduring peace in Afghanistan. Taliban is a reality in Afghanistan and the United States and Afghan forces have failed to completely eliminate them from the country. The Kabul administration has no writ on a major portion of Afghanistan. Hizbul-Islami is also a stake holder in Afghanistan and it should be considered while finding out a solution of Afghanistan’s peace.”


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