US sale of in­te­grated weapon sys­tem to In­dia may dis­turb regional peace: FO

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Pak­istan on Thurs­day ex­pressed con­cern over the ap­proval of the United States for sale of in­te­grated air de­fence weapon sys­tem to In­dia, say­ing the step would dis­turb the peace of al­ready volatile re­gion.

“The de­ci­sion of U.S will have se­ri­ous im­pact on the sta­bil­ity of the re­gion,” For­eign Of­fice Spokesper­son Aisha Fa­rooqui said at a weekly press brief­ing at Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs.

The U.S. De­part­ment of State on Mon­day ap­proved a pos­si­ble sale to In­dia of mil­i­tary equip­ment, com­pris­ing an in­te­grated air de­fense weapon sys­tem (IADWS). Ac­cord­ing to the U.S. De­fence Se­cu­rity

Co­op­er­a­tion Agency, the cost of the sale, if fi­nal­ized, would be ap­prox­i­mately $1.867 bil­lion.

The FO spokesper­son said the South Asia could not af­ford a race on weaponry among the na­tions. On In­dian Oc­cu­pied Jammu and Kash­mir (IOJ&K), she said the 193rd day of lock­down had de­prived the people from ba­sic ameni­ties of life as the val­ley had turned into a largest hu­man jail in the history. She ex­pressed con­cern over the con­tin­u­ous cease­fire vi­o­la­tions by In­dia along the Line of Con­trol re­sult­ing in sev­eral ca­su­al­ties, and said Pak­istan had warned in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity of any pos­si­ble false flag op­er­a­tion by In­dia.

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