Pakistan terms U.S. sale of air defence weapon system to India ‘disturbing’

Pakistan Accuses America for Destabilising Region by Selling Air Defence System to India

Pakistan Accuses America for Destabilising Region by Selling Air Defence System to India

Pakistan on Thursday said it was disturbed by the USA decision to sell the integrated air defense weapon system to longtime rival India.

"Sale of such sophisticated weapons system to India at this time is particularly disturbing as it would further destabilise the already volatile region".

Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui on Thursday confirmed that the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will arrive in Pakistan on February 16 (Sunday), ARY News reported.

She said defence relations between the U.S. and India were contributing to the destabilisation of peace and security in South Asia.

Aisha Farooqui said the global community is fully aware of India's aggressive policy designs against Pakistan and the threatening statements of Indian political and military leadership.

She urged the worldwide community to prevent the destabilization of the region.

As has been the pattern whenever a dignitary visits Pakistan, India uses the operation to heat up the Line of Control, including creating a false flag operation.

Ahead of US President Donald Trump's first visit to India, four US Senators - Republicans and Democrats- have asked the US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo for an assessment of the situation in Jammu & Kashmir, including the Indian government's restrictions on internet and cellular services, following the abrogation of Article 370 in August previous year.

Farooqui said this was especially true with the consistent pattern of the BJP government resorting to some provocation or distraction around important worldwide events.

Commenting on US President Donald Trump's maiden visit to India later this month, she said he offered mediation on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute on several occasions and "now was time to fulfill the promise".

"Indian provocations are obviously created to divert global attention from its state terrorism in occupied Jammu and Kashmir as well as from Pakistan's ongoing successful efforts in countering terrorism and with respect to fulfillment of our obligations under the FATF regime", Farooqui said.

"The RSS-inspired BJP government's tactics have become all too predictable and are being called out and shamed even inside India", said the spokesperson.

Farooqui said her country "maintains an unwavering resolve" to respond most effectively and immediately to any Indian provocation.

She said we also hope that the US President will raise the matter during his visit to India. Apart from the revocation of Jammu & Kashmir's autonomy, the Indian government has also taken "other troubling steps", such as passing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), "that threaten the rights of certain religious minorities and secular character of the state", the letter says.

The Indian government has turned the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir into the world's largest open prison and remains the most heavily militarized zone in the world, she reminded. 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.

Responding to a question about Pakistan's expectations from getting out of FATF grey list, the spokesperson said we are hopeful and our partners in the worldwide community are willing to support the country on this issue.

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