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US-India military pact serious threat to regional stability: FO

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday warned that the US-India Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) will have serious repercussions for peace and stability in South Asia.

According to a statement issued by FO, “Pakistan has been consistently highlighting the threats posed to strategic stability in South Asia as a result of the provision of advanced military hardware, technologies and knowledge to India.”

India’s massive acquisition of armaments and expansion of its nuclear forces, including the introduction of new destabilizing weapon systems, were developments with serious repercussions for peace and stability in South Asia, it added.

The statement noted that the recent unprecedented rate of missile tests conducted by India is yet another manifestation of dangerous Indian conventional and nuclear military build-ups.

“It again corroborates concerns expressed by several international experts on the military spin-offs of conducting high technology trade with India, which has not only eroded the international norms but has also resulted in negatively affecting the strategic stability in South Asia,” the foreign office said.

These developments, according to the official handout, clearly negate the argument that India’s mainstreaming in the international export control regimes will further the non-proliferation objectives of these regimes.

The United States planned to sell more fighter planes and drones to India, Esper added. The pact will give India access to a range of topographical, nautical and aeronautical data that is considered vital for targeting missiles and armed drones.

It would also allow the United States to provide advanced navigational aids and avionics on US-supplied aircraft to India, an Indian defense source said.

The formal reaction from Pakistan came within hours after the US and India signed BECA, which will allow India to gain access to precision data and topographical images – on a real-time basis – from the United States military satellites.

The signing of the long-negotiated defence pact comes in the backdrop of India’s tense border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh and deteriorating ties with Pakistan.

The agreement was signed during the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark Esper as part of 2+2 dialogue between the two countries.

Pompeo, who arrived in New Delhi on Monday along with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, said after talks with their Indian counterparts that the two countries had to work together to confront the threat China posed to security and freedom.

The United States planned to sell more fighter planes and drones to India, Esper added. The pact will give India access to a range of topographical, nautical and aeronautical data that is considered vital for targeting missiles and armed drones.