Pak won't shift troops from Indian border: Kaira

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Qamar Zaman Kaira
Islamabad, June 30 (ANI): Pakistan has ruled out any possibility of shifting its troops from the eastern Indian border to the western border with Afghanistan.

Addressing a joint press conference with the ISPR spokesman Major General Athar Abbas on Tuesday, Jun 30 Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said Pakistan will not remove its military from the Indian border and deploy it along the western border with Afghanistan.

"We cannot and will not do it. Pakistan could not remain oblivious to the conventional threat," The Dawn quoted Kaira, as saying.

Urging India to fulfill its international obligations, Kaira said 'Islamabad does not want to create problems for India.'

He said Pakistan is eager to resolve all the pending issues with India, including the Kashmir dispute, and wants that the stalled peace dialogue between both countries to resume as soon as possible.

Pakistan's refusal to deny deploying more troops on its western border to check the movement of the militants may irk the United States, which has been repeatedly asking Islamabad to reduce its military presence along the Indian border.

It may be noted that the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert O Blake, had recently asked Pakistan to move its troops stationed to the western border to focus more on the terror threat emanating from that area.

"Pakistan needed to move more troops from its border with India to the western parts of the country to fight terrorism," Blake had told a Congressional hearing.

ANI

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