ISLAMABAD, May 31 (APP): Secretary Ministry of Defence
Production Lt. General (Retd.) Syed Muhammad Owais Tuesday said India instead of engaging in fair diplomacy was promoting intrigues against Pakistan.
“India is playing ‘intrigue diplomacy’, the secretary said in his keynote address at a workshop titled “National Security, Deterrence and Regional Stability in South Asia, organized by an Islamabad-based think tank-Strategic Vision Institute (SVI).
The three day workshop is being attended by mid-career civil and military officers, students and journalists, said a press release issued by the SVI.
Although, the secretary said, restrictions could not be imposed on Indian movies, but Pakistani diplomacy should robustly neutralize them.
The secretary said that on one hand India was influencing Afghanistan to keep it “negatively inclined” towards Pakistan, while on the other it was approaching countries like UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iran, which have traditionally been Pakistan’s friends to curtail its influence.
Owais said that with the space for conventional war reduced, India would use “other means” including political, economic and cultural instruments to disturb Pakistan.
India’s strategic deal with US, he believed, had emboldened India to intimidate Pakistan into “compliance mode”.
He feared that India could attempt to draw Pakistan into an arms race, exploit its internal weaknesses, and promote instability in the country as proven by capture of Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav in Balochistan and other instances of Indian agency RAW’s involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan.
Pakistan’s former permanent representative at the United Nations in Geneva Zamir Akram said India-US strategic alliance was a much bigger cause of concern than being currently realized.
He suggested that Pakistan should enhance its strategic relationship with China and work towards developing a meaningful partnership with Russia, besides maintaining credible deterrence against India.
President SVI Dr. Zafar Iqbal Cheema, in his presentation on Indian Nuclear and Strategic Doctrine, said India’s objectives were to develop strategic capability for a great power role.
He said that India’s belligerent military posture and aggressive foreign policy behavior was undermining strategic stability in the region.
Furthermore, he maintained, realization of Indian strategic objectives would seriously undermine Pakistan’s national security objectives.
It may be mentioned here that SVI has been regularly organizing workshops for young professionals and students to provide them an opportunity to exchange views with experts on issues related to national security and strategic stability.