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Concerned over India-US Relations: Aziz

The outburst by Sartaj Aziz came after the US strongly backed India’s bid for membership to the NSG.

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Pakistan’s foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz expressed concern on Thursday over growing India-US defence relations that are “disturbing” the strategic and conventional balance of power in the region.

Pak-US ties are sliding down the hill due to difference over handling of peace issue in Afghanistan and US’ growing defence tie with India, especially a blanket support for India’s candidacy in the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG).

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According to Pakistani Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, growing US-India ties were creating strategic instability as Washington’s support for Indian membership for the 48-nation NSG was discriminatory.

But Islamabad believes that the Congress was prompted to act due to Indian lobbying and pressure.

There are differences over nuclear programme of Pakistan which the latter considers is key to the ‘credible minimum deterrence’.

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Video Editor: Mohd Irshad Alam

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