Pak wants peaceful relations with belligerent India: Bajwa

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

Pakistan desires peaceful and normal relations with its "belligerent" neighbour India but "it takes two to tango", Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said today.

Tensions between India and Pakistan continue to be strained as infiltration attempts, militant attacks and ceasefire violations remain a difficulty in Jammu and Kashmir. New Delhi has made it clear to Islamabad that bilateral talks can not take place unless Pakistan dismantles the terror networks on its soil. The two nations also locked horns at the United Nations General Assembly, denouncing each other. "With a belligerent India on our East and an unstable Afghanistan on our West, the region remains captive due to historical baggage and negative competition", Bajwa said.

Speaking at an event in Karachi to discuss security issues General Bajwa said that Pakistan needs to remove "vulnerabilities" before they turn into threats.

According to PTI, Pakistan Military Chief Bajwa also highlighted the deteriorating condition of Pakistan's economy saying that he abysmally low tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio must change if the country has to "break the begging bowl". "Infrastructure and energy have improved considerably but the current account balance is not in our favour", he said. As per the recent economic reports released by Pak's finance ministry, Pakistan has a foreign debt and liabilities around Dollars 58 billion.

"In order to secure our future, we have to increase our tax base, bring in fiscal discipline and ensure continuity of economic policies", he said, adding that economy remained one of the highest concerns during National Security Council meetings.

He also said that Pakistan made a "deliberate and concerted effort to pacify" the country's border with Afghanistan through diplomatic, military and economic initiatives and has also tried to boost human security in the restive tribal belt bordering Afghanistan and surrounding areas.

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