GENEVA - Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN in Geneva Tehmina Janjua has deplored Indian hegemonistic designs and calls for resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

The pursuit of hegemonic policies in South Asia by India and its efforts for  military domination are creating instability both at the global and regional levels.

She was speaking at the Conference on Disarmament, which is the 192 member UN Committee that addresses Disarmament and International Security matters.

Alluding to its recent aggression and the display of irresponsible behaviour by India, Ambassador Tehmina Janjua highlighted that South Asia’s security environment was blighted by India’s insistence on hegemonic policies, engaging in a relentless arms build-up, and a myopic refusal to engage in any meaningful dialogue on security issues.

Pakistan’s security was fundamentally challenged by the introduction of nuclear weapons in its neighbourhood, she said.

She referred to the Prime Minister’s address to the UNGA in September this year in which he underscored Pakistan’s resolve to maintain strategic stability in South Asia.

The Committee was reminded of Pakistan’s proposal of our readiness to agree on a bilateral arrangement between Pakistan and India on a nuclear test ban that awaited a response from Indian side.

She further said that peace and stability in South Asia would not be possible without resolving underlying disputes especially the Jammu and Kashmir dispute; agreeing on measures for nuclear and missile restraint, and instituting conventional forces balance.

Pakistan’s proposal for a strategic restraint regime, based on these three inter-locking elements, remained on the table, she added.

She stressed that Pakistan had always demonstrated its commitment to peace and stability in the region and Pakistan’s conduct continued to be defined by restraint and responsibility, and avoidance of an arms race.

Pakistan, she said, has positioned itself as a mainstream partner in the international non-proliferation regime as well as the global efforts to strengthen nuclear security and safety.

We have instituted a stringent national export control system and a robust nuclear security regime that are at par with the best international standards, she stated.

Through a series of actions in diverse areas, we have demonstrated our credentials and eligibility to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), that a non-discriminatory, criteria-based approach is followed for expanding NSG’s membership, which would strengthen the non-proliferation regime in an equitable and credible manner, she said.

In response to India’s right of reply, Pakistan demanded an urgent response to our proposal for a Strategic Restraint Regime and the Prime Minister’s recent proposal for a bilateral arrangement on nuclear test ban.

India’s diversion of fissile material provided to it for peaceful purposes to build its first nuclear bomb was also recalled for the Committee’s attention.

INDIAN PARTIES START RAISING

DOUBTS OVER SURGICAL STRIKES

Indian opposition parties have started questioning the BJP led govt’s claim of surgical strikes in Azad Kashmir.

The Opposition parties have demanded the govt to give proof of its claim because Pakistan has been categorically denying that no surgical strike has taken place and only there have been ceasefire violations on the Line of Control.

Reports in the Indian media said that highly upset over the Opposition demands and questions being raised about surgical strike, the BJP has sought to corner Opposition parties over the unending political slugfest over the surgical strikes as the party eyes gains in the forthcoming Assembly polls in five States by projecting PM Narendra Modi as a strong leader.

BJP is now putting the responsibility of the surgical strike claim on the Armed Forces stating it was the Director General of Military Operations who announced that surgical strikes were carried out across the Line of Control.

However, the Opposition continues to accuse BJP of seeking political mileage out of the operation.

When UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav came out in support of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's " khoon ki dalali " remark on Monday, BJP reacted sharply.

The party cautioned the Opposition that their quest to run down BJP and PM Modi should not demoralise the Armed Forces.

"We have no issues if the Opposition attacks the Prime Minister and BJP. But they are crossing the 'Laxman rekha', which hurts the national interest," BJP spokesperson Sidharth Nath Singh told media. 

He said that the Opposition's stance was "dangerous" as it was demoralising for the Armed Forces.

Taking a dig at Akhilesh's support for Rahul's remarks, Singh advised the UP Chief Minister to be "careful" of his uncle Shivpal Yadav.

The Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kajriwal has also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give concrete proof of the surgical strike.