Pak echoes China’s stance; says PM Modi govt a threat to South Asia

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Wednesday ‘illegal constructions’ by India along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China had triggered conflict between the two South Asian countries, Dawn reported.

Urging the world community to take notice of India’s hostile policies, Qureshi said China “cannot remain oblivious to India’s illegal constructions”. According to him, China wanted to solve the border dispute with India amicably.

According to the report, Qureshi had expressed his concern over the construction of roads and airstrips by India in Ladakh, “which is a disputed territory”, adding that New Delhi’s “aggressive policy against its neighbours is putting regional peace and stability at stake”.

Qureshi pointed out that New Delhi had stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status last year, saying that the move showed India’s intention of “changing the demographic composition of the territory”. He also claimed India had “used the land of Afghanistan against Pakistan”. In a separate statement, the foreign minister said: “The world should take notice of India’s motives, where is it headed?

He told PTV: “Sometimes India has problems with Nepal, at other times, it (New Delhi) tries to disrupt the Afghan peace process. India tries to promote unrest in Balochistan and now it has done the same in Ladakh and is trying to blame China for it.”

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also condemned India’s “arrogant expansionist policies”, saying that they were “becoming a threat to India’s neighbours”.