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‘India endangering regional peace’

New Delhi planning to ‘sabotage’ CPEC: Pakistan
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Islamabad | Posted : Feb 17 2017 1:06AM | Updated: Feb 17 2017 12:04AM
‘India endangering regional peace’

Pakistan today accused India of endangering regional peace through it military buildup.

"Indian defence buildup is not in the interest of the region," Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said.

"It is a matter of grave concern and endangering the peace in the region and disturbing the strategic balance."

Zakaria's comments came days after Pakistan claimed that India is building a "secret nuclear city" and has accumulated a stockpile of nuclear weapons which threatens to undermine the strategic balance of power in the region.

Speaking at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad, Zakaria also alleged that Indian “atrocities against Kashmiris are continuing unabated.”

Zakaria said that Pakistan was committed to the Kashmiris' legitimate movement for self-determination. "Indian forces in their continued act of state terrorism blasted a house in Kulgam, resulting in the death of, reportedly, 6 Kashmiris on February 13. Around 30 were injured, when Indian forces opened fire on peaceful demonstrators. Pellet guns were used ruthlessly. Entire Hurriyat leadership, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik have been arrested to deny them protest against killings of innocent Kashmiris. Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi and her associate Sofi Fahmeeda remain in continuous house arrest. Kashmiris are constantly denied offering of Juma prayers," the spokesperson said in a statement.

"India’s continued atrocities against defenceless Kashmiris and violation of Kashmiris’ fundamental rights are highly condemnable and International Community should call India to account for its crimes against humanity in Kashmir. We remain committed to the Kashmiris’ legitimate movement for self determination."

He also accused India of "violating ceasefire on the Line of Control and Working Boundary resulting into loss of precious civilian lives".

He said Pakistan has repeatedly lodged protest with Indian in this regard. 

Pakistan also accused India of planning to "sabotage" the ambitious $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

"We are aware of Indian (government's) plans to sabotage CPEC," Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said during a weekly briefing, adding that "India's interference in Pakistan is not concealed".

According to Zakaria, even Kulbhushan Yadav -- the alleged Indian spy arrested in Balochistan -- had admitted to making an attempt to affect the work on CPEC.

Zakaria said the CPEC is not only beneficial for Pakistan, but for the entire region as it was an economic project.

He also condemned terrorist attack in Lahore.