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Pakistan: India imposing unacceptable preconditions on dialogue


09-22-2016 17:21 BJT

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Pakistan has accused India of imposing what it calls "unacceptable preconditions" on dialogue, following a flare-up of violence in the disputed Kashmir region.

"Pakistan is committed to the establishment of strategic stability in the region. It neither wants nor is it engaged in an arms race with India but we cannot ignore our neighbors unprecedented arms buildup and we will take whatever measures are necessary to maintain credible deterrence," said Nawaz Sharif, Pakistani Prime Minister.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told the UN General Assembly that his country has gone the "extra mile" to establish strategic stability in South Asia.

In response, India's junior Foreign Minister M.J. Akbar, denied Pakistan's claims, saying Islamabad is using blackmail tactics and terrorism as policy. Akbar added that Pakistan wants a dialogue while at the same time being armed.

Tensions between the two countries have flared-up in the last two months, after Indian forces shot dead a separatist in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Last Sunday, 18 Indian soldiers were killed in a raid in the same region. India has blamed Pakistan for the raid, but Islamabad denied any involvement.

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