Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has said that he does not see India as the foremost threat arguing “position of being able to take over another state is nullified” after both countries acquired nuclear arms.
With his goodwill gestures towards India and domestic campaign to exterminate militancy inviting criticism at home, Zardari is neglectful of the issue, saying, “it rankles the small mind.”
“It does not rankle the army, because after India and Pakistan became nuclear powers, that position of being able to take over another state is nullified,” the President said in an interview to ‘The Daily Telegraph’.
The Pakistani President said that his country’s army offensive against militants would in future target figures who were the military’s “strategic assets”.
In recent days, Pakistan’s powerful military had extended its support to Zardari’s shift from seeing India as the foremost threat to the country towards the danger posed by militancy inside.
“I don’t think anybody in the establishment supports them (militants) any more,” he said.
“Military operations are all across the board against any insurgent whether in Karachi, Lahore or whether he is in any part of Pakistan,” Zardari said.
Zardari said: “My problem is terror. I have focussed myself on terror. The (ruling) PPP has focussed itself against the extremist mindset. Terror is a regional problem, it cuts across borders.”
“I would love to be remembered for creating a Pakistan where militancy – I know it can’t totally be diminished – is defeated,” he said.