ISLAMABAD - Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan on Wednesday restated that Pakistan would pay India in its own coin in case of any misadventure.

Making a statement on Pakistan’s security policy in the Senate, the minister said any Indian aggression, strategic miscalculation, or misadventure regardless of its scale, mode, or location would not go unpunished and shall be met with an equal and proportionate response.

The minister said every inch of Pakistan’s soil would be robustly defended.

He said instead of blaming Pakistan without substantiating, India must answer for state-sponsored espionage against Pakistan.  Dastgir said living evidence of Kulbushan Yadav was in front of the world.

He said the arrest of Indian spy Kulbushan Jadav indicated New Delhi’s designs to use a third country for espionage against Pakistan. Dastgir said India had failed to deliver justice to the 42 Pakistanis murdered in Samjhota Express terrorism, 11 years ago.

He said Cold Start deployment against Pakistan, lethal violation of the Line of Control, and the human rights abuses in Kashmir were compounded by India’s jingoism.

Dastgir said that the hostile stance taken by India had reduced any advocacy of peace in the region.

He said India had been involved in mass ceasefire violations along the LoC.

Dastgir said during the last year India committed over 1,800 ceasefire violations resulting in 52 deaths.

Commenting on the US failure in Afghanistan, the defence minister said Washington was not winning the war in Afghanistan, despite spending billions of dollars and losing thousands of American lives, and Pakistan should not be made a scapegoat for that failure.

He said Pakistan had suffered loss of billions of dollars and rendered sacrifices of human lives in the war against terrorism. Dastgir said that the way forward in Pakistan-US relations was not through threats, issuing notices, and suspension of support. He said that mutual recrimination would not benefit any of us. Commenting on Pak-Afghan relations, the minister said that Pakistan saw Afghanistan as a sovereign neighbour with whom it shared historical bonds of culture, trade and religion.

He said that Pakistan wanted a peaceful, stable, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan.

The minister said that Pakistan and China shared the aim of internal reconciliation in Afghanistan, steadying Pak-India relationships, and stable security situation within Pakistan.

Earlier, the Senate Chairman, Mian Raza Rabbani, did not allow laying the Capital Development Authority (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, in the House as it was not tabled during the last session in January this year in violation of rules despite its promulgation.

In his ruling, the chairman said that the CDA (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, was promulgated in January 10, 2018 but was not presented in the 272nd session of the Senate held between January 22nd to January 26th.

The chairman directed the minister for Capital Administration and Development Division to explain the reason behind this delay within two days.

As per Rule 145 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business “On the commencement of a session, as soon as may be but not later than 10 days after the commencement of the session, all ordinances referred to in sub-paragraph (ii) of paragraph (a) of clause (2) of Article 89 of the Constitution, made after prorogation of the last session, shall be laid on the table.” The House was adjourned to meet again on Thursday (today) at 3pm.