Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accused nuclear-armed rival India on Wednesday of putting unacceptable conditions on dialog and said the world would ignore rising tension in South Asia at its peril.
Sharif told the annual United Nations General Assembly Pakistan could not ignore India's "unprecedented" arms build-up and would "take whatever measures are necessary to maintain credible deterrence." India has accused Pakistan of being behind a deadly attack on an army base in the disputed Kashmir region on Sunday in which 18 soldiers were killed and said it had the right to respond when and where it chose.
Pakistan has rejected the allegation and accused India of apportioning blame before the incident had been investigated properly.
Sharif said Pakistan wanted peace with India and had repeatedly offered dialog.