“Takes Two to Tango”, Says Pak Army Chief on Ties With India

He said that Pakistan “expressed and demonstrated genuine desire” to have peaceful relations with India.

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File image of Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Pakistan has shown “genuine desire” to have peaceful relations with its ‘belligerent’ neighbour India but it takes “two to tango”, the country's Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on 11 October.

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

Our external front which 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.
General Bajwa, Pakistan Army Chief

He said that Pakistan “expressed and demonstrated genuine desire” to have normal and and peaceful relations with India but that it “takes two to tango," Bajwa said.

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.
General Bajwa

Bajwa also expressed concerns over the country’s “sky high” debts, saying the abysmally low tax to GDP ratio must change if the country has to "break the begging bowl". According to figures released by the finance ministry, Pakistan's foreign debt and liabilities are around $58 billion.

Bajwa added that when enemies of Pakistan wanted to damage it, they targeted financial hub Karachi and tried to destabilise it.

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