Pakistan, India cannot remain enemies forever: National Security Adviser Janjua

MAMOSA Report — Adviser to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on National Security Lt-Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua on Friday said the two nuclear powers — Pakistan and India — could not remain enemies forever and need to interact with each other to resolve their bilateral disputes.

The National Security Adviser was of the view that, “We can do everything through cooperation, but not by the way of competition.”

He said the understanding would soon prevail within India that for how long it could remain the enemy of Pakistan.

Janjua was addressing members of Pakistan Institute of International Affairs (PIIA) in Karachi on national security perspective in Pakistan, the official news agency APP reported.

He said, “We are acting as a frontline state in the war against terrorism but unfortunately the world fails to acknowledge the role of Pakistan.”

“Terrorism in Pakistan was the aftermath of “supporting” foreign forces in Afghanistan which the world had now forgotten,” Janjua added.

A day earlier, Janjua during a meeting with Canadian High Commissioner Perry John Calderwood said that Pakistan and India cannot remain enemies forever and need to engage with each other to resolve their disputes. He also discussed the regional dynamics, bilateral relations, counter-terrorism cooperation and implementation of the National Action Plan, the Dawn reported.

His remarks come amid soaring tensions between the two neighbors. Pakistan awarded a death sentence to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav on charges of espionage and sabotage.

During his meeting with the Canadian ambassador, Janjua underlined the need for a non-discriminatory approach in considering Pakistan‘s membership for the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Meanwhile, the US National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster called on Federal Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar on Friday and exchanged views on bilateral matters.

McMaster — on his first visit in the region after the installation of Trump administration, will also be visiting Afghanistan and India.

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McMaster said the administration of President Trump looked forward to working with Pakistan to pursue the common objectives of peace and security and economic well-being of the people.

Dar said Pakistan believes in a peaceful neighborhood, and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was keen to work with friends and partners for peace and stability in the region and beyond.

The US NSA said security was an important prerequisite to unlocking the immense economic potential of the region, and the US administration would like to work closely with Pakistan in this regard.

McMaster’s visit to the region coincidentally comes a day after the U.S. military dropped largest non-nuclear ‘mother of all bombs’ in Afghanistan’s Nangahar province near the Pak-Afghan border killing at least 36 Isis militants and, as local people told the Guardian, sending tremors through the ground “like a boat in a storm” as flames enveloped the sky.

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