India’s new Rafale fleet can set off arms race in South Asia, warns Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Thursday expressing concern over India buying a brand new fleet of Rafale jets warned that such nuclear-capable techniques may lead to an arms race in South Asia.

“The transfer of advanced systems, where there is an open intention of conversion into nuclear delivery platforms, calls into question the commitment of international suppliers to non-proliferation commitments,” the International Workplace Spokesperson stated, right here at a weekly press briefing.

The primary batch of 5 French-made Rafale fighter jets arrived at an Indian Air Drive (IAF) base in Ambala on Wednesday, following which India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted that “If anyone should be worried about or critical about this new capability … it should be those who want to threaten our territorial integrity.” Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui stated it was disturbing to notice that India continued to a mass army capabilities past its real safety requirement.

Quoting former senior Indian officers and several other worldwide publications, she stated Rafale jets had been dual-capable techniques that is also modified as nuclear weapon supply platforms.

The FO Spokesperson stated India was constantly enhancing its army functionality past real safety requirement and requested the world group to “dissuade India from its disproportionate arms build-up”.

“While remaining opposed to any arms race in South Asia, Pakistan cannot remain oblivious to these developments and remains confident of its ability to thwart any ill-considered act of aggression,” she careworn.

She stated in response to credible and respected worldwide analysis institutes, India was now the second largest arms importer within the world.

“India has nuclearized the Indian Ocean and continues to increase the readiness of its arsenal through measures such as canisterization of missile systems,” she added.

She stated Pakistan had been persistently highlighting the dangers of large Indian arms buildup in addition to their offensive safety doctrine and drive postures, which had been adversely affecting strategic stability in South Asia.

“This arms buildup is being aided and abetted through a policy of exemptions, waivers and supply of advanced equipment, technology and weapons for narrow commercial interests,” she stated.

Farooqui stated such arms transfers additionally violated the goals of varied export management regimes on stopping destabilizing accumulations of arms in numerous areas together with with excellent conflicts and disputes.

“The world is already a witness to the bellicose and irresponsible rhetoric by the BJP (Bharatia Janta Party) government in pursuit of a revisionist agenda in the neighbourhood,” she stated.

On Pakistan’s half, she stated “we remain open to consideration of measures for crisis management, risk reduction, and strategic restraint.” On scenario in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIoJ&Okay), the Spokesperson stated Kashmiris suffered continued subjugation and brutalization on 360th day following the revoking of particular standing of the Valley on August 5 final yr.

She talked about that ceasefire violations on the Line of Management and the Working Boundary, concentrating on civilian populated areas with artillery hearth, heavy-caliber mortars and automated weapons continued unabated.

This yr alone, India has dedicated 1823 ceasefire violations to date, leading to 14 martyrdom and 138 critically injured, she added.

She stated Pakistan strongly condemned restrictions imposed by Indian authorities on Eid ul Azha prayers in IIoJ&Okay.

“Imposition of restrictions on prayers on one of the most important days of the Islamic Calendar represents complete disrespect by the Indian government for the sentiments of the Muslims of IIoJ&K,” she stated.

She stated Indian authorities had been utilizing COVID-19 associated restrictions as a pretext to curb spiritual freedom of the Muslims of IIoJ&Okay.

“Pakistan urges the international community, the United Nations, and human rights and humanitarian organisations to take notice of glaring denial of the religious rights and freedoms of the Kashmiri people in violation of international laws and conventions,” she stated.

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