US opens its defence doors to India
Igoing N recent times, we have seen Washington closely embracing India and
out of the way to support it on different fronts including for the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group as well as the permanent berth at the UNSC. Going a step too far in love of India, Obama administration has opened its entire defence kitty to the South Asian country having hegemonic and expansionist designs - something that should and would have raised alarm bells in our concerned quarters.
Declaring it as a major defence partner, the US has made India eligible to buy some of the most sophisticated American-made weapons and technology without first having to receive a licence. According to an official of Obama administration, India is now the only country outside the formal treaty allies of the US that has gained access to almost ninety nine percent of latest defence technologies of the Americans. If we go back in the past, we come to know that the US had virtually no defence ties with India but today apart from a renewed Defence Framework Agreement, the country has become a larger supplier of defence equipment to India, and even the biggest in the last few years with contracts worth almost $ 13 billion. Given the belligerence posture and hegemonic designs of India, we believe that the latest US decision will prove to be disastrous one for the region which is already bitten hardly by decades of conflicts and unrest. This will disturb conventional arms balance in the region, leaving Pakistan with no option but to also modernize its weaponry from different sources to counter the Indian antagonism, which could once again be gauged from the recent statement of Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh who said that their troops will not keep an account of their bullets when they started spraying them on Pakistan. All these favours on the part of US to India leave no doubt in anybody’s mind that New Delhi is being equipped and prepared to contain China and Pakistan. We hope our policy makers both in Islamabad and Rawalpindi will take full stock of the growing US-India defence relations and while comprehending its fuller implications will work out a strategy to counter it.
IN a landmark referendum held on June 23, 2016, the British people decided by a slender majority to take Britain out of the European Union (EU). Most analysts, including financial experts around the world, had predicted a very close election, ending in a vote in favour of remaining in EU. But the final tally showed that 17,410,742 voters or 51.9% had favoured British exit (Brexit) from EU, while 16,141,241 or 48.1% wanted to “Remain” in EU. The voter turnout was 72.2% which set a record for a British poll.
Britain had joined EEC (now EU) belatedly in 1973 after much internal debate. Thereafter, though Britain has been a leading member of EU by virtue of its political, military and economic power, it has also been described as a “reluctant partner” who seemed indifferent to the progress of EU. For example, unlike other member countries who adopted the Euro as one common currency, Britain insisted on retaining pound sterling as its currency. It also did not join the Schengen openfrontier regime.
In the more recent past, disaffection with EU has developed in Britain, primarily over the sharp increase in immigration from East European member countries; a perception that Britain was being made to pay far more to EU than what it was receiving; and an impression that Britain was losing its sovereignty because rules were being imposed on it by Brussels, the EU headquarters. Internal opposition within the ruling
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