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'Non-state actors want to destabilise South Asia'.

ISLAMABAD, July 21 -- Defence Secretary, Lt. General (retd.) Syed Athar Ali has said that the region is facing unprecedented threats as the non-state actors wanted to destabilise the whole region.

Addressing an inaugural session of a three-day workshop on 'Indian Military's Cold Start Doctrine and its Implications for Strategic Stability in South Asia' organised by the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI), the secretary said that Pakistan is a responsible nuclear country and does not have any aggressive designs against any other country.

He said that Pakistan as a nuclear country wants cordial relations with all its neighbouring countries, adding non-state actors challenge the state and wants to destabilise South Asian countries.

The secretary urged the formulation of a combine policy for peace and anti-terrorism in the region. He said that Pakistan has always adopted a responsible policy.

Athar warned that any future war between Pakistan and India would not be limited, adding strategic balance is needed in the region. He said that the Cold Start Doctrine is not in the interest of the region. Earlier, inaugurating the conference, Director General SASSI, Maria Sultan has informed the participants about the objective of the conference.

She underlined that the main objective of the workshop is to address the core issues.

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