Indian purchase of S-400 missile system to destabilize region: FO

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Friday said that the purchase of S-400 missile system is a part of Indian efforts to acquire a Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) System through multiple sources.
In a statement issued on Friday, he said that the deal will further destabilize strategic stability in South Asia, besides leading to a renewed arms race.
Dr Faisal went on to say that following the May 1998 Nuclear Tests by both sides, Pakistan had proposed a Strategic Restraint Regime in the region, advocating against the acquisition of BMD systems due to its destabilizing effect.
The spokesperson said that Indian rejection of this proposal forced Pakistan to develop capabilities which render any BMD system ineffective and unreliable.
He however, said Pakistan remains fully confident of its ability to address threats from any kind of destabilizing weapon system.
Dr Faisal reiterated Pakistan s commitment towards ensuring national defence in line with the policy of maintaining credible minimum deterrence and maintaining strategic balance in the region in the future as well.


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