ISLAMABAD: Pakistan says United State’s defence cooperation with India, to reduce Chinese influence in the region, is enhancing power imbalance in South Asia. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz told Senate on Thursday that Pakistan’s reservations in this regard have been conveyed to the Unites States. He said Islamabad had also conveyed to Washington that conventional and non-conventional imbalance in South Asia should be considered while entering into any sort of defence cooperation with New Delhi.


“It is becoming clear that America is preparing India to reduce the influence of China in the region,” Aziz remarked. “Pakistan’s cooperation with China is development-oriented and India has no business objecting to it. Pakistan is fully capable of safeguarding its interests and sovereignty,” he added.


The adviser on foreign affairs made it clear that whenever dialogue with India resumes, the two countries will discuss all issues including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. “There can be talks on all issues but no issue would be discussed in isolation on India’s demand.”


Aziz also said for the first time ever Pakistan has prepared a “formal dossier regarding Indian interference in Pakistan” which would be taken to the United Nations for presentation. “India accuses non-state actors from Pakistan of meddling in Indian affairs. But Indian state actors are interfering in Pakistan.”


The adviser said Pakistan will highlight the Kashmir issue at the United Nations and other forums, adding that bilateralism envisaged in the Shimla Agreement failed to achieve any progress. Similarly, he said, Pakistan had conveyed to India it will not entertain Indian objections to meetings with Kashmiri leaders because “Kashmiris are genuine stakeholders in the dispute.”


The adviser said Pakistan would not ask India for any meeting during the prime minister’s visit to the United Nations. “It was New Delhi which cancelled talks between national security advisers of the two countries. So it is on India to initiate the process.”


Responding to points raised by some members, Sataj Aziz said that during the recent meeting between the director generals of Pakistani Rangers and the Indian Border Security Force (BSF), the two sides agreed to discuss ceasefire violations on the Working Boundary.


“India is asking us to act against non-state actors and we are asking about (involvement of) India’s state actors in terrorism,” he said, adding, “Now India is resorting to violations on the Line of Control and is using the pretext of infiltration for its cross-LoC firing.” Pakistan has sent a letter to United Nation Security Council informing it about the ceasefire violations at LoC and Working Boundary. “We have (also) written to UN group to monitor the cease-fire violations,” Aziz said.


About Afghanistan, he said, “It is part of our foreign policy that we will not interfere in Afghanistan and this policy is for all as we have suffered a lot in the past,” adding that Pakistan would not take any sides on international issues. “We have asked Afghanistan that we will not support Taliban if you think that it is threatening you,” he said. He said that Pakistan had not made any trade deal with Afghanistan till yet.


On the issue of Afghan-Taliban reconciliation talks and Pakistan’s role as a mediator, he said that talks suffered a setback due to the release of news of the death of its chief Mullah Omar. “Now there are political differences within Afghanistan as some are supporting talks and vice versa,” he said adding the government of Pakistan would facilitate the second round of talks only if Afghanistan would ask for it. These talks can be held anywhere in China or Pakistan etc but these would be Afghanistan led talks.


Aziz made it clear that Pakistan will not take any initiative for PM Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Moodi on the sidelines of UNGA. “If they (India) want, they should take initiative as it had cancelled NSA (National Security Advisor level) talks,” he said. Responding to the questions of opposition members, the Advisor to PM said that both India and Pakistan in Ufa had agreed that it was their collective responsibility to deal with the outstanding issues and thus Pakistan did not omit the Kashmir issue in the joint declaration issued after the meeting between Indian and Pakistani premiers.


Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan asked whether the government held any one guilty for omitting the word Kashmir in the joint declaration issued after meeting in Ufa on the sideline of SCO.


About the postponement of National Security Advisor level talks between India and Pakistan, Sartaj Aziz said India insisted that only terrorism related issues would be discussed but Pakistan viewed it would talk with India on all issues including Kashmir.