US, India Destabilising Region Through Arms Deal: FO

US, India Destabilising Region Through Arms Deal: FO

Islamabad (September 14, 2017): The Foreign Office said on Thursday that the sale of weapons between India and US is causing instability in the region.

According to the details, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said during the weekly news briefing here earlier today that sale of advanced military technology and equipment by the United States to India would accentuate military imbalance and undermine strategic stability in South Asia.

FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will meet his Afghan counterpart along the sidelines of the 72nd session of United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.

From the statements of [TTP terrorist] Ehsanullah Ehsan and [Indian spy] Kulbhushan Jadhav it is apparent that India is causing damage to Pakistan, the FO said.

There exist ups and downs in relations between countries said the spokesman.The recent trips of Asif to Turkey, Iran and China were successful, said Zakaria.

The foreign minister recently concluded visits to the three countries and held important meetings.

Pakistan decided to approach regional countries after US President Donald Trump announced his controversial new policy for South Asia, which included ‘anti-Pakistan’ remarks.

Since then, Pakistan has gone into a diplomatic offensive, engaging regional countries that share its point of view with regards to Afghanistan.

The FO spokesman further said while responding to another question that the sale also encourages India to adopt aggressive military doctrine and contemplate military adventures.

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 added.Pakistan has repeatedly been calling for such a regime for durable security architecture in the region, Zakaria said.

Agent of Indian intelligence agency RAW 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.

Pakistan is committed to supporting all initiatives aimed at peace and stability in Afghanistan and has raised the issue of plight of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine at various forums, he added.

Earlier in June, Donald Trump’s administration confirmed it had given the green light to the $366 million sale of a transport carrier to India, along with a separate purchase of around 20 drones.

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