India's ‘hegemonic’ designs a serious concern: Pak

‘Allow UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan to play its role’

Sajjad Hussain
Islamabad, Publish Date: Feb 24 2018 12:43AM | Updated Date: Feb 24 2018 12:43AM
India's ‘hegemonic’ designs a serious concern: PakRepresentational Pic

Pakistan today said that India's desire to become a "regional hegemon" is casting a "dark shadow" in the region.

Warning that Pakistani forces are ready to defend its borders against any threat, Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal in his weekly briefing said that "India's arms buildup has pushed the region into a vicious arms race".

"Its (India's) hegemonic designs are a cause of serious concern, not only for Pakistan, but also for the entire region. India's desire to try to become a regional hegemon is casting a dark shadow on South Asia,” he said.

He criticised India for justifying the ceasefire violations "on flimsy pretexts" and said that ceasefire violations were a threat to regional peace and can lead to a strategic miscalculation.

He urged India to allow the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

India maintains that UNMOGIP has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after the Simla Agreement and the consequent establishment of the Line of Control.

Asked about Hindu pilgrims not being able to visit Katas Raj temple in Pakistan's Chakwal district, he said visas are issued by Pakistan High Commission on the basis of the Note Verbale (NV) issued by the Ministry of External Affairs to pilgrims.

"In order to facilitate them, our High Commission allowed the pilgrims to submit their passports without the NoC. Unfortunately, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs did not issue any NV to the pilgrims, forcing them to withdraw their passports unfortunately,” he claimed.

He said that 503 Pakistanis have applied for Indian visas to attend the Urs of Khawaja Moinuddin next month and hoped that they will be allowed to participate in the ceremony. PTI