KARACHI – The nuclearisation and militarisation of Indian Ocean poses a grave threat to the regional peace and security, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Saturday.
Speaking as chief guest at the inaugural session of a three-day International Maritime Conference, he said 30 countries are connected through this ocean, which provides connectivity to the Middle East, Africa and Australia with Europe.
Aziz said that 40 percent of the world trade passes through the India Ocean and Pakistan has enhanced strategic stakes in peaceful navigation of cargoes in this ocean because of development of Gwadar Port and launch of CPEC [China-Pakistan Economic Corridor].
He emphasised the need for turning the Indian Ocean into a zone of peace and prosperity to benefit the whole region. He warned that any rivalry in the ocean would only impede the process of development.