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Pakistan will take all measures to increase its defence capability, asserts Aziz

Updated Jun 08, 2016 10:08am


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ISLAMABAD: The Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz informed the Senate on Tuesday that Pakistan would take all possible measures to augment its defence capability.

He was winding up discussion in the upper house on an adjournment motion moved by Senator Javed Abbassi over the recent test-fire by India of its supersonic interceptor missile.

Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan was not oblivious to its defence requirements and is upgrading its capabilities through suitable technologies without entering into arms race.

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He said, “Our efforts for peace and friendship must not be interpreted as our weakness. We are fully capable to defend our people and territory.”

The adviser said Pakistani scientists and experts constantly monitored and evaluated the strategic threats that Indian nuclear doctrine posed to Pakistan's security.

“Despite limited resources, Pakistan had developed a robust nuclear deterrent system whose safety and security was acknowledged (by the world),” he said.

On the diplomatic front, he said, Pakistan was planning to highlight the dangerous implications of India's plan to nuclearise the Indian Ocean at all the relevant international fora.

“One specific proposal under consideration was to move resolution in the next session of the UN General Assembly to declare the Indian Ocean nuclear free zone.”

He said Pakistan would approach other countries as well to co-sponsor this resolution. This, he said, would be an important initiative.

About the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership, the adviser said Pakistan had undertaken a proactive diplomatic offensive in all the member countries of the group. “Our efforts towards non discriminatory approach will pay off,” he said with confidence.

He said Pakistan's lobbying in the United States was quite active. “We have short listed lobbying firms. Our missions are also very active to protect the country's interests.”

Earlier, speaking on his adjournment motion, Javeed Abbasi said India had conducted a test of intercept missile on May 15, 2016, which would start arm race in the South Asia. “Pakistan, he recalled, had to conduct nuclear tests in 1998 after India conducted the tests.”

He said Pakistan did not want to enter in arms race but it would disturb balance of power in the region. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed said that it was an important issue as India was trying to become a member of the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG).

“There was a dire need to redefine the national security paradigm,” he stressed.

Senator Farhatullah Babar said that it was a need of hour to revisit the security policy.

Gen (retd) Sallahudin Trimizi, while refuting an impression that Pakistan had entered in arms race, said Pakistan was the first which offered India to declare the region nuclear free, besides signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). However, India always sabotaged such efforts, he added.

He said, “We should define our aim and sets our national goals.” India's entire diplomacy revolved around Pakistan, he added.

Rehman Malik said the United Staes was not recognising the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in the war against terror as it always demanded to “do more”.


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سے Shaam (Hanafi) Jun 07, 2016 07:03pm

All the best, please start with signing "NPT".

Mullah Bob Jun 07, 2016 07:05pm

A great decision,

Ali jee Jun 07, 2016 07:05pm

Pakistan all the way

Singh Jun 07, 2016 07:44pm

First define the threat ..internal or external..good or bad taliban...even offshore companies can be a economic terrorism ..

Zulfi Khan Jun 07, 2016 07:44pm

" We are fully capable to defend our people and territory " these are hollow words when drones are daily killing our citizens. This one-dimentional fear against India has resulted in our country becoming at par with Somalia and Afganistan. Japan & Germany has no nuclear weapon but if you anyone on this earth who is more powerful - I dont think any sane person will say Pakistan over them. Economic growth is the only mantra for future. If we have such leadership, then who says we need any enemies !

Vinay Kapoor Jun 07, 2016 07:48pm

Please say something new rather than playing age old rhetoric. There are other things which need to be prioritize rather than defense. No way you will be successful in economic and diplomatic front.

Rus Jun 07, 2016 07:52pm

In other news, India has been admitted to MTCR group.

S. A. M. Jun 07, 2016 07:58pm

whilst I totally agree that there has to be formidable defence of our borders there has to be at least some fairness on the level of spending on people living in the areas within the borders. it appears that the boundary walls has been made so thick that it has started growing inside the borders and they are becoming a source of suffocation for the very people for whose protection the boundaries were strengthened. these need to be thinned please. let us have some breathing space.

Amir Indian Jun 07, 2016 08:00pm

For NSG & UNSC - wait n watch. Swiss already backs India's pitch for NSG. and both countries support each other for UNSC bid as accepted during Modi's visit on 06 June. also signed pact for Black Money recovery.

Sierrabrave Jun 07, 2016 08:00pm

Meanwhile did you hear, India's been admitted to MTCR

INDIAN_FAN Jun 07, 2016 08:01pm

India has been admitted to MTCR group. Soon India will enter NSG also.

Modern Appeasement Jun 07, 2016 08:07pm

To strengthen defense or to secure defense,or to maintain defense,requires strong economy,and abundant of funds.But unfortunately there is an ongoing relentless phenomenon in our country which is draining out the funds,and weakening our economy without a pause.Believe me Mr Sartaj Aziz Pakistan is a rich country,the ruling elite made it poor & weak.You just talk to PM take charge as finance minister,plug the holes of drains,stop the corrupts ,the economy will automatically revive.Otherwise plz resign and don't be a part of failed cabinet,who pushed the nation in such a grave economic crisis.

MQM Jun 07, 2016 08:10pm

No need of nuke any more please devolve the system that can detect the drones and in advance can shoot them.

Insaf Jun 07, 2016 08:25pm

Unless Pakistan comes out of India-centric, it can not develop. Also India is much ahead and powerful technically and economically then Pakistan.

Rafi Ka Deewana Jun 07, 2016 08:29pm

Just curious - given the widening gap (economy) between India and Pakistan, for how long will this matching game continue?

VV Jun 07, 2016 08:32pm

Try to build hope rather than fear. Think positive and make a difference in the lives of common man.

Sr Jun 07, 2016 08:40pm

"India's entire diplomacy revolved around Pakistan"

In fact opposite is true. India is too big to keep its diplomacy Pakistan specific. India started look east policy in 90s to enhance trade and since then has improved relationship across world. Early this year we also hosted an African summit attended by 40+ countries

Rafi Ka Deewana Jun 07, 2016 08:50pm

India's defense spending - $51 billion Pakistan - $7.5 billion.
India's economy: $2.2 trillion, Pakistan - $260 billion.
India's Per capita - $1,450 Pakistan - $1,250.

Does it make any sense for Pakistan to compete head on?

Faizan Jun 07, 2016 08:50pm

Both countries have spent a huge amount on the things they don't even need i.e. nuclear missiles and weapons of destruction. If that same amount had been spent on something meaningful India & Pakistan might have been playing the role the western nations much smaller in size are playing right now. When will these so-called leaders wake up and start solving the real problems. We don't need nuclear weapons we need basic amenities and a peaceful South Asia. Only if common sense was common among the leaders and people at the helm of affairs this world would be much peaceful..!

Parvez Jun 07, 2016 08:59pm

This means......we know how to survive.

Ash20 Jun 07, 2016 09:14pm

Does these meetings achieve anything? Sounds that everybody want to say something to come in the news.

Sudhakar USA Jun 07, 2016 09:21pm

India qualifies for MTCR (China did not object). This will help India buy sophisticated missile technologies on top of the advanced stuff India has.

Farhan Jun 07, 2016 09:30pm

He didn't answered HOW? Which is a main question..

tanweer Jun 07, 2016 10:38pm

We can not plead our case by saying the world is not recognising the sacrifices which Pakistan has rendered. We have been used again by the big powers. They simply don't care what we have done. Thus we must stand on our two feet and become economically and militarily strong. Only then the powers will stand up and recognise our sacrifices.

Vinay Kapoor Jun 07, 2016 10:43pm

@Sudhakar USA China is not a part of MTCR group as they have violated missile supply conditions. Now we have leverage with China for NSG if they want entry in MTCR.

Changez_Khan Jun 07, 2016 11:23pm

Excellent. Make Pakistan the most powerful nation.

Accountability Jun 07, 2016 11:30pm

By grace of Almighty, Pakistan is strong enough to face any challenges posed by external enemy or foreign aggressors. But main problem lies with internal situation where interior ministry and police system has not been able to catch all the terrorists and spies roaming around freely, killing innocent pakistani citizens for decades. Internal security to protect lives and properties of pakistanis is important.

AHA Jun 07, 2016 11:58pm

Can we make 'No first use' as a policy?

Kashmir Jun 08, 2016 12:09am

@VV resolve kashmir and watch peace in the sub continent become a reality.

senthil baskaran Jun 08, 2016 12:13am

@Sudhakar USA China not part of MTCR

Daulat1 Jun 08, 2016 12:17am

Forget India and what it does. For 10 years focus on development only. A good economy is the best defense.

Jayakumar Jun 08, 2016 12:22am

I wish to see Pakistan becoming even stronger & spending at least 50 percent of gdp on defense.

amit Jun 08, 2016 12:27am

@Ali jee Talking about it is one thing implementing is another. Good luck!

amit Jun 08, 2016 12:37am

@Changez_Khan It's done! Yes just like that.

Ranjan Jun 08, 2016 12:43am

Pakistan should double its defense expenditure and should go on a shopping spree of buying advance, modern and expensive defense hardwares.

What are you waiting for?

Ali Fidayi Jun 08, 2016 12:58am

Only the announcement was pending, everything else is ready!!!

analyzer Jun 08, 2016 12:59am

you are still here... there Obama and modi meeting on more deals...

mahmood Jun 08, 2016 01:26am

what ever the arguments may be , the world only and only knows , respects and acknowledges the VICTORIOUS. We must not be entrapped in any situation like of 71 which took away our half . mean while , people's living standards must also be raised otherwise we will not draw international interests . Let the world know , we are educated , civilized and a developed nation . let's not forget , the country owes a lot to us .

mohammed ousman Jun 08, 2016 02:45am

@Vinay Kapoor dont worry about us, worry about urself

Farooq khan Jun 08, 2016 02:46am

the discussion is not long as just convince the people, being a nuclear pakistan india would dare to attack on pakistan? i don,t think . its just fear of military elite. i think it should now concentrate only to develop soft power of the state. india should not our eternal enemy , we should replace them as a friend automaticaly we then would not need any such fear. we just start to move ahead with that plan. even we may be able to solve it 20 years.

raj Jun 08, 2016 02:47am

Your leaders seem to be totally confused. They need to calm down and see how they can fix basic issues of pakistan.

Zak Jun 08, 2016 03:21am

Two words come to mind - Soviet Union

Our security is impregnable due to the nuclear deterrent. Focus on economic development and it will make more funds available for national security. I have to grudgingly admit that the Indian diplomacy under Modi has left Pakistani diplomacy far behind and I don't believe that Indian diplomacy revolves around Pakistan.

As for going to the UN for a nuclear free Indian ocean region, please don't embarrass the country with such childish moves. That will never pass because the P-5 have their own nuclear subs patrolling the Indian ocean at any given time. It will simply make us look childish and bear no result. India will never agree to it and the UN does not have the power to enforce it's will on India as has been obvious on the Kashmir resolution.

brar Jun 08, 2016 03:28am

@Faizan The laders are not worried about comon man they are always worried about votes, the coon man needs roti,kapda aur makan they are not interested in Nuclear weapons and missiles, if they can not provide these three things than please explode all nuclear bombs so that we can get rid of this terrible life and living conditions. A country whose PM goes to UK for a normal heart surgery must be ashamed of it I am sure he must have been operated by any Pakistani or Indian doctor.

Tik Tok Jun 08, 2016 03:56am

So that means - more loans or look for more Aid!! US is not giving, Chineese are worse than Jews and KSA is leaning towards India how are u going to fund Mr Foreign Secretary? 11% increase in budget is not going to help

Desi Indian Jun 08, 2016 04:11am

“Pakistani scientists and experts constantly monitored and evaluated the strategic threats that Indian nuclear doctrine posed to Pakistan's security.” – Indian nuclear doctrine of “No First Use” was declared in 1998. What strategic threats this doctrine compels Pakistan to monitor and evaluate constantly?

“One specific proposal under consideration was to move resolution in the next session of the UN General Assembly to declare the Indian Ocean nuclear free zone.” – India wants nuclear free world. Which one is better?

“Earlier, speaking on his adjournment motion, Javeed Abbasi said India had conducted a test of intercept missile on May 15, 2016, which would start arm race in the South Asia.” – How does improvement in defense capability start an arms race?

“Pakistan, he recalled, had to conduct nuclear tests in 1998 after India conducted the tests.” – so Pakistan takes decisions based on India while India takes decisions independently based on its own needs.

Amir581 Jun 08, 2016 04:42am

Well said Mr Aziz. Pakistan needs to do whatever it takes to defend itself. NSG is not the end of the world and NSG can not save any country in case of Nuclear attack.

monier Jun 08, 2016 04:46am

Civilian business in US may be mesmerized by India's cheap labor availability but US Pentagon has more solid need for Pakistan and will never abandon that support. US pentagon works directly withn with the Pakistani military leadership and supports a strong Pakistan

Desi Dimag Jun 08, 2016 05:12am

This is what India wants, keep spending on defence.

BK Jun 08, 2016 05:25am

@Zulfi Khan , Thank you, well said.

Alla Bux Jun 08, 2016 05:25am

No other nuclear country (except the rogue country like N Korea) constantly mentions its nuclear weapons. We are in great company, I say.

Uday Kulkarni Jun 08, 2016 05:27am

@Daulat1 . Wow. What a sane comment ? I wish what you say becomes really true because that is exactly what India has started doing since the new government of Modi has come to power 2 years ago. The Indian government's mantra is Focus completely on development, ignore Pakistan's verbosity at UN forums on Kashmir. So you know what ? If Pakistan really ignores India & focuses on its own development; it will not only be very good for Pakistan but will also be very good for India. Peace will truly be achieved. Aameen.

Akbar Khan Jun 08, 2016 05:48am

Can Mr. Aziz tell me that how can we advocate Indian Ocean Region Nuclear free when we are building our Nuclear Powerstation next to Indian Ocean (Karachi)?

Deepak Kumar Jun 08, 2016 06:11am

@Kashmir we have peace here.

Kashmiri Pandit Jun 08, 2016 06:16am

Why is this news? These people have nearly destroyed the country by "taking all steps to raise her defense capability" and now this bears mention?

Why not take some - not all, just some - steps to improve literacy?

Indian Jun 08, 2016 06:30am

Nothing new. Same old rhetorics. Go on Mr. Aziz spend some more. . may be 50% of GDP next year .. Improve defense capabilities so that you can take down US drones entering ur airspace .. Cos there will be more to come. Let's see if you are really capable of defending your people & territory.

Positive Jun 08, 2016 06:45am

@Zulfi Khan One of the most sensible comment I have seen in Dawn over the years. At least there are still people know what Pakistan as nation lacking.

Usman Khan Jun 08, 2016 06:47am

Why is he giving comments about defense? His portfolio is that of a foreign policy advisor. Meanwhile the interior minister is passing comments about Pakistan Afghan relations. This is what happens when the prime minister runs the cabinet as his personal cabal without a foreign minister or foreign policy. It was only after arm twisting by supreme court that he appointed Khwaja Asif as defense minister.

deepak Jun 08, 2016 06:55am

@Zulfi Khan Very sensible comment.

deepak Jun 08, 2016 06:58am

@Kashmir Its already resolved....Kashmir is an integral part of India, anything less than that is choose between economic growth and complete a nuclear war.

AZEEZ Jun 08, 2016 07:09am

@Desi Dimag : good one

SLS Jun 08, 2016 07:16am

@Zulfi Khan Very intelligent and well thought analysis.

ASH Jun 08, 2016 07:20am

@Kashmir Not interested.

David Rubin Jun 08, 2016 08:17am

India will block China from MTCR if China blocks India in NSG.

Zak Jun 08, 2016 08:56am

He said, “We should define our aim and sets our national goals.” India's entire diplomacy revolved around Pakistan, he added.

Spot on. It looks India has no other issue. They go everywhere whinning and complaint about Pakistan. The world is amused at a oversized unatural country like India being put in place by a strong country one third its size.

Zak Jun 08, 2016 09:01am

@Zulfi Khan pakistan never fears anyone specially india. Infact india fears Pakistan. It is Modi discussing pakistan everywhere, not us.

Zak Jun 08, 2016 09:03am

@Vinay Kapoor we already succesful-CPEC, $46 billion. Diplomatically, already highlighted Kashmir, which Obama will discuss with Modi.

Shiraj Jun 08, 2016 09:04am

Pakistan need to compete with India on economic development. Nuclear arms can not be and will be used in war

Shiraj Jun 08, 2016 09:11am

@Changez_Khan "Excellent. Make Pakistan the most powerful nation", than what? Will that improve life of people of this country? Will people of this country stop going to gulf countries for looking for job?

Narendra Jun 08, 2016 09:42am

The biggest strength what China had to offer to world was, its population, hence a big market, cheap labour and conducive work environment which includes safety. What India is offering to world now, same big population aka a big market, great work force and cheap labour and conducive work environment atleast from safety perspective.

What Pakistan has to offer and priortise 1) 200 million population to world i,e a another big market 2) Cheap labour which is already there 3) Resolve the electricity issue and remove the safety concerns(Highest priority)

Pakistan has everything in its armory,it just needs to priortise their objective. You cannot compete with a country in a day or year but it takes years. China dominatated last 2 decades. They reached saturation. Now its India's turn. Pakistan needs to clean up their mess in next 5 to 10 yrs and then compete Along with India with the world.

Bipul Jun 08, 2016 09:48am

Can Pakistan take all measures to improve economy for a change?

V K Das Jun 08, 2016 10:01am

@Sudhakar USA China cannot object. It is not a member of MTCR.

Scarred13 Jun 10, 2016 03:41am

First of all Pakistan, India and China should sit together and decide to support each other for this membership. This move will our countries trust each other and from there we can go forward and resolve our border disputes. This is what sane people on power should do. We should progress as a region.