Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Any aggression will push the region towards instability – Shah Mahmood Qureshi

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Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said Pakistan reserves the right to defend itself in case of any aggression by the Indian authorities.

Talking to the media persons in Islamabad on Wednesday he, however, warned that any aggression by India will push the region towards instability. He said Pakistan has always projected peace through its actions by always acting with patience and responsibility.
Addressing a conference on Strategic Stability in South Asia, he has claimed that Pakistan remains steadfast in improving its relations with the neighboring countries to build a prosperous South Asia.

“Pakistan has shown it is prepared to take concrete steps to ease tension and work for friendly relations with India with Kartarpur Corridor-like initiatives. Our neighbor also needs to understand that the only way forward is dialogue,” he added.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has stated that conflict resolution is the key to strategic stability in the region. “Threat to peace and stability emanates from the Kashmir dispute which remains unresolved for about half a century.”

The foreign minister further said Pakistan is a peace-loving country. He has stated that “Our conduct as a nuclear weapon state will continue to be defined by restraint and responsibility. Pakistan will maintain credible minimum deterrence to ensure its national security. Pakistan is opposed to conventional and unconventional arms race in the region.”

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