Kashmir issue harbinger of nuclear war, its resolution only way out for peace: Gen Zubair
Islamabad—Alleging India was trying to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project through its intelligence agency RAW, a senior Pakistani military officer Tuesday warned India that ‘it was playing with fire’.
"RAW has established a special cell at a cost of $500 million to sabotage the CPEC," Geo News quoted the, Gen Zubair, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC), as saying here.
The general said India was perpetrating terrorism in Pakistan through Taliban and Baloch separatists. "By doing so, India was playing with fire... India is stoking chaos and anarchy in the region."
He was speaking at an international conference on the topic of “Regional Dynamics and Strategic Concerns in South Asia” organized by Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) in collaboration with Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF).
He said South Asian region was defined by the volatile nature of Pakistan-India relations.
Pakistani leaders routinely make charges of RAW involvement in their country.
The General noted the resolution of Kashmir issue was important to reduce any chances of strategic miscalculations.
Stating that ‘enduring’ peace can only be achieved in South Asia through the resolution of Kashmir dispute, Gen Zubair said India was “committing atrocities in occupied Kashmir” and had a “belligerent” attitude towards Pakistan.
"Kashmir issue is the harbinger of a nuclear war in the region," he said.
Gen Zubair said in Asia, future prospects of global peace and prosperity would be determined, adding United States and China had a central role to play in influencing geo-strategic direction of the region.
He said global powers had an interest in the region due to their grand designs, adding South Asian region had the lowest rank on the human development index.
He pointed that collective narratives were being used to influence state behaviour.
He said Afghanistan was important for regional connectivity and a gateway to Central Asia.
Pakistan's former High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit also said peace in the region was not possible unless the Kashmir issue was resolved. India, he alleged, was pushing the region towards instability, Geo News reported.
He alleged India continued to suppress Kashmir’s indigenous freedom movement through use of brute force, human rights violations, rape and torture. “Some 7,700 Kashmiris had partially lost their eyesight because of use of pellet guns,” he said.
Abdul Basit said Pakistan wanted to have normal relations with its neighbours.
“We want to hold dialogue with India on all outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir.”
He said tensions could be resolved through constant dialogue, adding South Asian region needed confidence building measures and “we have to create a win win situation for all."
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