US arms sale to India will undermine strategic stability in South Asia

US arms sale to India will undermine strategic stability in South Asia

Islamabad (Staff Report): The Foreign Office said on Thursday that the sale of advanced military technology and equipment by the United States to India would accentuate military imbalance and undermine strategic stability in South Asia.

Responding to questions at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the sale also encourages India to adopt aggressive military doctrine and contemplate military adventures.

He said transfer of modern military hardware and technologies as well as repeated exceptions for India also disincentives New Delhi to engage in efforts to establish Strategic Restraint Regime. He said Pakistan has repeatedly been calling for such a regime for durable security architecture in the region, Radio Pakistan reported.    

The spokesperson said that RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadav was launched by India to carry out subversive activities in Pakistan and now New Delhi is trying to divert attention from the actual issue by presenting it as a humanitarian one.

He said Pakistan is committed to supporting all initiatives aimed at peace and stability in Afghanistan. He told a questioner that Pakistan has raised the issue of plight of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine at different forums.