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NEWYORK: Pak­istan has at­tacked grow­ing arms sales to In­dia by sev­eral coun­tries, in­clud­ing the us and rus­sia, call­ing them “dou­ble stan­dards” that jeop­ar­dise re­gional bal­ances.

“The pol­icy of dou­ble stan­dards to­wards South Asia, based on nar­row strate­gic, po­lit­i­cal and com­mer­cial con­sid­er­a­tions, must be es­chewed,” Je­hanzeb Khan, a First Sec­re­tary, in Pak­istan’s UN Mis­sion, said on Mon­day dur­ing a de­bate on con­ven­tional weapons in the Gen­eral Assem­bly com­mit­tee deal­ing with dis­ar­ma­ment.

He did not name In­dia or the coun­tries sell­ing weapons to In­dia, but the con­text made the ref­er­ences clear.

Khan said in an ob­vi­ous ref­er­ence to In­dia that in South Asia “one state’s mil­i­tary spend­ing grossly and vastly out­num­bers that of oth­ers” and that “this has the po­ten­tial of fu­el­ing in­sta­bil­ity and jeop­ard is in gt he del­i­cate re­gional bal­ance .”

“Is­lam­abad was con­cerned over the grow­ing trans­fers of con­ven­tional ar­ma­ments es­pe­cially in volatile re­gions that are in­con­sis­tent with the im­per­a­tives of main­tain­ing peace, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity,” he added.

He said, “Pak­istan, for its part, is com­mit­ted to the es­tab­lish­ment of a strate­gic re­straint regime in South Asia, which in­cludes an ele­ment of con­ven­tional force bal­ance.

He did not say how Pak­istan would achieve a con­ven­tional force bal­ance with In­dia given the wide dis­par­i­ties in the economies of the two coun­tries nor did he ac­knowl­edge that In­dia’s mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties have to take China into ac­count.

Pak­istan is smart­ing un­der US decisions to block mil­i­tary aid.

Last month, Pen­tagon said it would with­hold $300 mil­lion aid in what is known as coali­tion sup­port funds cit­ing Is­lam­abad’s fail­ure to curb ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Haqqani Net­work and the Lashkar-e-taiba.

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