'A spoiler can't be a peacemaker': Moeed Yusuf says will not attend Indian moot on Afghanistan



National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf on Tuesday categorically said that he would not attend an upcoming moot on the Afghanistan issue hosted by India.

The NSA was addressing a news conference in Islamabad after Pakistan and Uzbekistan signed a Protocol on the Establishment of Joint Security Commission that was followed by the inaugural session of the commission.

According to the Hindustan Times, regional countries including China, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have been invited to the meeting which is expected to be held in New Delhi on November 10.

"I will not go, a spoiler can't be a peacemaker," Yusuf said in response to a question by a reporter about whether Pakistan will be attending.

The NSA regretted the international community's silence over human rights violations and Indian state-sponsored terrorism in occupied Kashmir, and New Delhi's expansionist vision which was leading the region nowhere.

Questioned on what hurdles Pakistan was facing in the region to achieve peace and progress, the NSA said: "I think the region's obstacles are in front of you, there is no need for debate on this. On one hand is India [...] unfortunately [because of] the government's behaviour and ideology there, I don't see how this [peace] process will move forward — not just for Pakistan but the region."