India’s ‘war hysteria’ behind raise in defence budget: Asif

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Sunday that it is India’s “war hysteria” which is behind the raise in its defence budget.
Talking to newsmen in Sialkot, Asif said India is constantly violating ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary by resorting to unprovoked firing. The defence minister was of the view that there was a need to control temperature   downloadon the Working Boundary for a meaningful dialogue. Critic zing the neighbouring country, Asif said that India had not taken any sincere step in the past six month for regional peace. “The nation stands by the armed forces to defend the motherland,” he said.
Asif said that the armed forces were fully capable of responding to any aggression effectively and can protect the geographical boundaries of the country. Addressing a ceremony at a nearby locality Iman Sahib, he strongly condemned the shelling by Indian BSF on Pakistani villages along the Working Boundary and termed it naked aggression. He said that Pakistan would not compromise on its sovereignty and would adopt all options to protect every inch of the motherland. Khawaja Asif said that shelling by Indian BSF was an attempt to divert attention of Pakistan from the operation against terrorism.
“Pakistan is a peace loving country and it is making sincere efforts to develop cordial relations with neighbouring countries on equal basis but unfortunately India was trying to create unrest in the region,” he added. The defence minister further stated that the operation Zarb-e-Azb had been launched for the complete elimination of terrorists and the establishment of government writ in troubled areas. He said that it was moving ahead successfully and the entire nation was supporting it for peace on permanent bases in the country. Asif said the PML-N government was making strenuous efforts to strengthen national economy and for the prosperity of the country.