Indian myopic, jingoistic foreign policy leading to self destruction: Former ambassador Asif Durrani

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 16 (APP): A number of former foreign secretaries and ambassadors Wednesday said that short-sighted and chauvinistic foreign policy being pursued by Indian government was proving as juggernaut, negatively impinging upon its economy and aggravating the communal divide.

Taking part in a panel discussion held here at the Information Services Academy titiled “Decoding Indian foreign policy in the regional and global context,” the former diplomats, who had served Pakistan with their meritorious services, also explained that Indian foreign policy was historically deeply rooted in Pakistan bashing sentiments and garnered through nationalistic feelings recently stirred by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) inspired Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government. Former ambassador Asif Durrani shared that local scene in India always shaped its diplomatic approach.

India was striving to become permanent member of the United Nations despite its repeated efforts to flout UN resolutions on IIOJK, he added.

Durrani further said that none of its neighbouring countries were happy with Indian approach. It was also playing a spoiler’s role in Afghanistan peace and reconciliation process, besides it was out to cause harm to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He said India would have to come to negotiating table to resolve the core issue of IIOJK and cited the holding of recent peace talks between US and Taliban after a long drawn war.

Secretary Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Akbar Durrani was also present on the occasion.