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Top Pak Army man says India sabotaging CPEC

One of Pakistan's top ranking Army officer blamed the Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), for sabotaging the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

General Zubair Mehmud Hayat, chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC), said this on Tuesday while addressing a two-day conference on regional dynamics and strategic concerns in South Asia organised by Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI).

"India is stoking chaos and anarchy in the region. RAW has established a special cell at a cost of $500 million to sabotage the CPEC," the CJCSC said.

Claiming that Islamabad will maintain a minimum nuclear deterrence in the context of the current regional situation, Gen Hayat said New Delhi was fanning terrorism in Pakistan through Taliban, Baloch separatists and RAW. By doing so, the General said, India was playing with fire and peace in South Asia.

Hayat also said India had become an extremist country from being a secular one.

"India's atrocities in Kashmir and attitude towards Pakistan was due to its extremist policies," he said. The General claimed that India has violated ceasefire more than 1,200 times, thereby continuing its years-old war against Pakistan. "These moves of India can result in a major war at any time," he said.

Moving on to Kashmir, he said a solution was vital for durable peace in the region. "The path to better relations with India passes through Kashmir, there is no bypass," he said and added that Kashmir issue was the harbinger of a nuclear war in the region.


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