President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday said India, which has a history of conspiracy against Pakistan over the past few years and disturbed by its economic achievements, was trying to destabilize the country through various means, including attempts to create religious disharmony.
Political forces in Pakistan must also be aware of the facts, unite for the sake of the country and not slander state institutions should stand behind them, he added.
The President expressed this view in an interview with a private television channel (Ary News).
He said India, which through its conspiracy in East Pakistan has divided the country in the past – a fact that Indra Gandhi and Narendra Modi also admit, is still continuing its efforts to destabilize the country through various means.
The president said India, which has served as a destroyer in Afghanistan, has problems with all of its neighbors, including China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, and has increased its defense budget to US $ 52 billion.
Apart from creating trouble in Balochistan through spies like Kulbhushan Jadhav, India is also trying to create unrest in Karachi, he said, adding people belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) led by Altaf Hussain have also accepted India’s involvement in creating trouble in mega city.
President Alvi also referred to a recent report published in Foreign Policy Magazine and said India’s state terrorism had unfolded in the world.
Responding to a question, he said economic activity in Pakistan, now the region’s geo-strategic economic hub, was influenced by political activities such as last year’s Maulana Fazlur Rehman protests, which also hurt the Kashmir struggle.
For other questions, he said whether it was COVID-19, uniformity in education or the rights of women and minorities, there was increased cooperation between the state and clerics.
The president, for another question, said with the counter claim to the NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance), there is a communication gap between the government and the opposition.
He said statements against national institutions, including the army and judiciary, were unfortunate and condemned.
As far as matters of national interest are concerned, the government, army and justice are on the same page, he added.
Against a question, President Alvi wonders politicians, who have walked alongside dictators in the past, are now speaking out against the army.
For another question about former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech from London, he said he (Nawaz) talked about everything, including criticizing state institutions except for the country’s achievements in the economy and the coronavirus.
The President mentioned a 30% increase in workers’ remittances in September 2020 as well as good stock exchange performance, and said this reflected public and investor confidence in government policies.
Regarding the inflation trend, the president said the government was taking steps to control price increases and inflation, particularly food inflation.
To a question, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan was committed to eradicating corruption from the country.