ISLAMABAD - Former president Asif Ali Zardari has deplored the latest spurt in hostile rhetoric from New Delhi, terming it highly disappointing and not conducive to the promotion of peace in the region.

“Coming from as responsible a state functionary as Prime Minister Modi’s irresponsible remarks in Bangladesh taking pride in India’s role in the breakup of Pakistan is most unbecoming, unfortunate and unwarranted to say the least,” said the former president in a statement on Wednesday.

“The confirmation by the Indian Prime Minister himself of his country’s negative attitude towards Pakistan will only feed certain perceptions in Pakistan that will gravely undermine peace process or whatever is left of it,” he said.

He said that such admissions of willful violation of a neighbouring country’s sovereignty will provoke public opinion to demand stern notice by the United Nations as well as a trial by the international criminal court. “How India will take it if some responsible state functionary in Pakistan publicly stated that Pakistan welcomed the dismemberment of India,” the former president asked. As for the threats of hot pursuit the former president cautioned adventurists that Pakistan was not Myanmar.