U.S. air defense sale to India 'disturbing'

  • U.S. air defense sale to India 'disturbing'

U.S. air defense sale to India 'disturbing'

Pakistan on Thursday expressed concerns over United States decision to sell integrated air defence weapon system to India, saying the step will disturb the peace of already volatile region.

FO spokesperson Aisha Farooqui. South Asia can not afford an arms race and conflict.

Farooqui pointed out that Pakistan had seen the advance notice issued by US Defence Security Cooperation Agency, notifying the State Department's approval of military sale to India of the Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS).

The contract, if concluded anytime soon, would provide India with M4A1 rifles, thousands of cartridges, canister launchers and a National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System-II (NASAMS) to secure Deli and the national capital region.

"We are concerned about the possibility of India resorting to some distraction during the forthcoming high profile visits to the region including those of the Turkish President and the UN Secretary-General to Pakistan and the U.S. President Donald Trump to India", she went on to say.

"Pakistan is apprising world about the Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir".

She said we also hope that the US President will raise the matter during his visit to India.

The spokesperson explained that such provocations were obviously created to divert global attention from India's state-terrorism in IOJ&K as well as from Pakistan's ongoing successful efforts in the counter-terrorism arena and with respect to fulfillment of our obligations under the FATF regime.

While the credibility of such unfortunate Indian moves is already too low by now, India still takes an inherent risk of further inflaming the bilateral environment and potentially leading to unforeseeable consequences.

On Indian-held Kashmir (IHK), she said the people on 193rd day of lockdown stand deprived of basic amenities of life as the valley has been turned into a largest human jail in the history. "Such provocations by the RSS-inspired Bharatia Janata Party government are created to distract the world attention from consistent human rights violations being carried out in Indian-held Kashmir", she said, and called upon the global community to take notice of the situation as any irresponsible act by India can prove disastrous to regional peace and stability.

The spokeswoman also recalled that President Trump had offered mediation on the Kashmir dispute multiple times. "We hope that the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir will be raised during President Trump's visit to India", she said. A small sliver of Kashmir is also held by China. To a question about the upcoming meeting of the Financial Action Task Force in Paris where Pakistan will present its case to escape from being blacklisted, she said that Islamabad's efforts were widely acknowledged. Since Pakistan continues to be in the FATF "Grey List", it would be very hard for the cash-strapped country to get financial aid from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, ADB and the European Union.

When asked about the alleged presence of Ehsanullah Ehsan in Turkey, the spokesperson told reporters that the Ministry of Interior was monitoring reports about his whereabouts.