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‘It takes two to tango’: General Bajwa says Pakistan wants peaceful relations with 'belligerent' India

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that his country has shown "genuine desire" to have peaceful relations with India.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Karachi [Updated:12 Oct 2017, 11:34 AM IST]
Pak Army Chief General Bajwa
Bajwa said Pakistan wants peaceful relations with 'belligerent' IndiaPhoto:PTI

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday said that his country has shown "genuine desire" to have peaceful relations with its "belligerent" neighbour India but "it takes two to tango." 

Speaking at a seminar in Karachi on 'Interplay of Economy and Security', Bajwa said, "Our external front continues to remain in a flux. With a belligerent India on our East and an unstable Afghanistan on our West, the region remains captive due to historical baggage and negative competition."

"But on our part, we are making a deliberate and concerted effort to pacify the western border through a multitude of diplomatic, military and economic initiative, not to mention the phenomenal boost to human security that we have provided in FATA and surrounding areas," he further said. 

"We have also expressed and demonstrated our genuine desire to have normal and and peaceful relations with India, however, it takes two to tango," Bajwa added.

The Army chief said Pakistan needed a comprehensive effort to pursue the National Action Plan and remove vulnerabilities well before they turn into threats.

Just two days ago on Monday, Bajwa had warned that his forces were fully capable of responding to any aggression and that the "enemy" has to pay an "unbearable cost" in case of an attack.

"If the enemy ever resorts to a misadventure, regardless of its size and scale, it will have to pay an unbearable cost," he had warned.

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