Islamabad: Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that India has not only wasted the opportunity for normalisation of ties with Islamabad but also restricted the space for peace through its “hostile” stance, according to a media report.
The defence minister made the comments on Wednesday while announcing a policy statement in the Senate, Dawn News reported.
“The unremittingly hostile, anti-Pakistan stance by the current Indian government has drastically reduced the space for any advocacy of peace,” he said.
Khan noted that the Indian government also “wasted the opportunity for making peace at a time when a political consensus existed within Pakistan for improving relations with India”.
“Pakistan’s perception of threat from India is not reflex; it is based upon a thorough assessment of Indian capacity to threaten Pakistan’s military from an unprecedented forward position,” he said and reminded that “the threat is calculated on capacity, not intent”.
The statement was made after India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman warned Pakistan after Jaish-e-Mohammad militants attacked a military camp in Sunjuwan in Jammu.