Gen Hayat says India fanning terrorism in Balochistan

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

One of Pakistan's top ranking Army officer blamed the Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), for sabotaging the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mehmood Hayat emphasized on Tuesday that the resolution of the decades-old Kashmir dispute is the only road to enduring peace in the region. He also accused India of fanning terrorism in the restive province of Balochistan.

"Add to this India's growing [military] force and 80 per cent Pakistan-centric force potential - India is playing with fire", Gen Zubair concluded.

Addressing a two-day conference in Islamabad, he said India is promoting chaos and anarchy in the region.

He added: "It is even making an endeavour to subsume conventional methods, such as surgical strikes - phantom or otherwise - into the realm of sub-conventional war".

Moreover, he said, India has become an extremist country from being a secular one, an example of which lied in the atrocities in held-Kashmir and attitude towards Pakistan. These moves of India can result in a major war at any time, General Zubair said.

He cited factors such as weak governance and a flawed reconciliation process as some of the causes of instability in Afghanistan.

Nevertheless, Pakistan wishes for lasting peace in Afghanistan, General Zubair said.

He noted that Pakistan had been hosting the largest refugee population - 3.5 million people - from Afghanistan for the longest period.

The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee said that Pakistan will maintain minimum nuclear deterrence in the context of current regional situation.

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