Islamabad: Reviewing the security situation, Pakistan army’s Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat on Friday alleged that India has been attempting to alter the regional strategic landscape through an unprecedented military build-up.

Speaking at a book launch programme, Hayat said listed down the threats that have been and are faced by Pakistan considering the latest developments. The latest developments include the first deterrence patrol by the Indian nuclear submarine INS Arihant and India’s S-400 deal with Russia.

“An aggressive hybrid war had also been imposed on Pakistan,” he alleged. “Pakistan was determined to maintain credible minimum deterrence against the full spectrum of evolving threats while exercising restraint and responsibility in order to preserve regional peace and stability,” he said.

Hayat also claimed that exceptional access to modern technology granted to India was undermining strategic stability. “We are fully alive to these challenges. We will do what it minimally takes to restore the strategic balance in the region,” he said. He reminded about Pakistani proposal for a ‘Strategic Restraint Regime’.

About the challenge of hybrid war, Hayat said that it would be dealt with through “a whole of the nation approach”. He additionally called for a fair, equitable and non-discriminatory treatment for Pakistan’s application for membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Executive Director CISS Ambassador Ali Sarwar Naqvi said South Asia was a crisis-prone region due to unresolved disputes between India and Pakistan. These issues have resulted in trust deficit and lack of communication between the two countries, he said.

With agency inputs