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India’s Multi-Role Rafale Fighter Jets Acquisition Irks Pakistan

Islamabad: India’s acquisition of 5 of the 36 medium multi-role Rafale fighter jets constructed by French plane producer Dassault, which arrived on the IAF airbase in Ambala close to New Delhi on Wednesday to improve its air power, has irked Islamabad.

In a weekly press briefing, Pakistan overseas workplace spokesperson Aisha Farooqui termed the Indian Air Power‘s (IAF) acquisition of Rafale jets as New Delhi’s “disproportionate arms build-up”.

“The world community must dissuade India from its disproportionate arms build-up, which could also lead to an arms race in South Asia,” stated Farooqui.

Expressing critical issues over the Rafale acquisition by India, Farooqui raised the priority over New Delhi’s “continued intentions to expand and modernise its nuclear arsenal”.

“It is well known that India continues to expand and modernise its nuclear arsenal both in terms of type and number of delivery systems. India has nuclearised the Indian Ocean and continues to increase the readiness of its arsenal through measures such as canisterisation of missile systems,” Farooqui stated.

“It is disturbing to note that India continues to amass military capabilities beyond its genuine security requirement. According to credible and reputable international research institutes, India is now the second-largest arms importer in the world,” added Farooqui.

India’s up-gradation of arms has actually unfold uneasiness in Pakistan amid a surge in lethal exchanges of gunfire and confrontation alongside the troubled Line of Management (LoC).

Pakistan has been urging the worldwide group to take discover of what it calls “India’s massive arms build-up” together with its “offensive security doctrine and force posture”, which Islamabad says is adversely affecting the strategic stability of South Asia.

“The arms build-up is being aided and abetted through a policy of exemptions, waivers and supply of advanced equipment, technology and weapons for narrow commercial interests. Such arms transfers also violate the objectives of various export control regimes on preventing the destabilising accumulation of arms in various regions, including where outstanding conflicts and disputes exist,” stated Farooqui.

“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,” she added.

Whereas Islamabad’s place on India’s acquisition of Rafale fight plane is stuffed with issues and reservations, Pakistan has reiterated that it stays against any arms race within the area, saying it can’t stay oblivious to such developments.

“Pakistan cannot remain oblivious to these developments and remains confident of its ability to thwart any ill-considered act of aggression,” stated Farooqui.

(IANS)

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