India has always been the “axis” of Pakistan’s foreign policy and for that very reason, it became a “security state,” the country’s top diplomat said on Monday.
“India has always been the axis of Pakistan’s foreign policy,” Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said.
‘For the past 60 years’
“To face India with determination for the past 60 years, based on our principles is an important achievement,” he said.
“For that very reason, our country became a security state,” he said while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs in the parliament house here.
Uses the K-word
Mr. Aziz told members of the committee that India was a country seven times larger than Pakistan, yet relations between both have remained bad ever since the start due to the issue of Kashmir, the News International reported. He also said after the 9/11 terror attacks, Muslims were attacked and the sparks flew from Afghanistan into Pakistan.
Separately, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry told the same committee that no compromise will be made on nuclear programme, according to Radio Pakistan.
Terrorism the major issue
Mr. Chaudhry said Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used against any other country.
He said terrorism was the major issue for Pakistan and over 5,000 Pakistani soldiers have been killed in the war on terror.