Pakistan concerned over sale of air defence system to India

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

UN chief to arrive in Pakistan on Feb 16, confirms FO spokesperson

Aisha Farooqui, while addressing a weekly press briefing in Islamabad, said that United Nations secretary-general will be visiting Pakistan from Feb 16-19 and will also visit Lahore and Gurdwara Kartarpur during his trip.

The Indian media on Tuesday had reported that the Trump administration has approved the sale of an Integrated Air Defense Weapon System for $1.8 billion to India.

Contradicting the claim made by the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency, Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said the sale of such "sophisticated weapons to India will disturb the strategic balance in South Asia". It, is therefore, incumbent upon the worldwide community to prevent destabilization of the region. She expressed concern over the continuous ceasefire violations by India along the Line of Control resulting in several casualties, and said Pakistan has repeatedly warned worldwide community of any possible false flag operation by India.

On visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Pakistan, she said Pakistan and Turkey enjoy unique brotherly relations as both have supported each other on important issues in the past.

Turning to world capitals, the spokesperson warned, "The worldwide community was fully aware of India's aggressive policy designs against Pakistan and threatening statements of its political and military leaders".

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

"We also hope that the U.S. President will raise the matter during his visit to India".

"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. She also warned that Pakistan would respond most effectively and immediately to any Indian provocation.

"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.

"We hope to see those offers being translated into practical actions. Non-resolution of this dispute is one of the most destabilizing factors for peace and security in the region", she remarked. A small sliver of Kashmir is also held by China.

"Indian provocations are obviously created to divert global attraction 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 FATF regime", she added.

The FATF's next meeting will be held in Beijing later this month in which it will decide whether Pakistan will be removed from or remain on the task force's grey list. Since Pakistan continues to be in the FATF "Grey List", it would be very hard for the cash-strapped country to get financial aid from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, ADB and the European Union.

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