Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi address in UN

BY Rahul Deveshwar | 22nd Sep 2017

Pakistan today said that it cannot be a "scapegoat" in Afghanistan war and will not endorse any "failed strategy" that will prolong the suffering of the people in the region, a month after US President Donald Trump warned Islamabad against providing safe havens to terrorists.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who is in the US to attend the UN General Assembly session, said his country doesn't have a complaint if India assists Afghanistan economically, but will never accept any political or military role for India in Afghanistan.

Reacting to US President Donald Trump's recent Afghanistan Policy, in which he sought more help from New Delhi to bring peace and stability in the war-torn country, Mr Abbasi said Pakistan sees "zero" political or military role for India in Afghanistan.

Responding to another question about Pakistan's spy agency ISI having terror links, the prime minister dismissed any links between the Haqqani network and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). "We do not condone any activities by any organization to pose a terrorist threat within Pakistan or to export it to other countries," Mr Abbasi said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi demanded on Thursday that the UN Security Council resolution on Kashmir be implemented, asserting that his country will continue to support the right of self-determination for Jammu and Kashmir.

The newly-elected Pakistan Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi announced on Wednesday that they have developed short-range nuclear weapons to counter the 'Cold Start' doctrine — a method adopted by the Indian Armed Forces to prevent a nuclear retaliation from Pakistan in cases of possible war.

Cold Start is a military doctrine developed by the Indian Armed Forces. It involves the various branches of India’s military conducting offensive operations as part of unified battle groups. The Cold Start doctrine is intended to allow India’s conventional forces to perform holding attacks in order to prevent a nuclear retaliation from Pakistan in case of a conflict. High levels of preparedness and rapid mobilization are the main aims of this doctrine.

This Cold Start doctrine represents advancement in India’s conventional capabilities. The persistent disengagement of India’s political leadership from security issues is a cause for concern, for they may turn to a limited war strategy during the next crisis without having evaluated the potential consequences. At present, Cold Start remains more of a concept than a reality.

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