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Supply Of Advanced Military Hardware To India Complicates Regional Security: Pakistan President

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| October 16 , 2018 , 11:55 IST

In an indirect reference to India's recent defence deal with Russia for the S-400 advanced missile defence system and the proposed deal with the US for armed drones, Pakistan President Arif Alvi on Monday alleged that supply of advanced military hardware to India complicates regional security.

"Discriminatory exemptions by certain countries for the supply of nuclear technology and supply of advanced military hardware to our neighbour has further complicated the regional security and undermined the credibility of non-proliferation regime," Alvi was quoted by Radio Pakistan as saying.

The statements of the new Pakistan President came while addressing an international conference on 'Global Non Proliferation Regime: Challenges and Response' by the Strategic Studies Institute in Islamabad.

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"Pakistan is committed to maintaining strategic stability in the region and will continue to demonstrate restraint and responsibility," he said.

He, however, regretted that "our postures for peace have been reciprocated with belligerence".

In reference to the surgical strikes carried out by India on terror launch pads across the LoC in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) in 2016 which have been denied by Pakistan as ever taking place, President Alvi urged the international community to take notice of talk of "surgical strikes" and "limited war" saying that such a posture tends to only up the ante.

He claimed that Pakistan had relentlessly pursued the objective of keeping South Asia free from nuclear weapons despite the 1974 detonation carried out by India.

"Our proposals for nuclear nonproliferation are well documented," Alvi said.

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President Alvi further alleged that India's nuclear tests in 1998 ended any prospects for a nuclear free zone in South Asia and said, "We were forced to respond to the nuclear tests to maintain the strategic balance in the region," adding, "We have a complete programme to hardness peaceful uses of nuclear energy."

He further said that Pakistan has not given up the pursuit of meaningful engagement with India for confidence building measures, avoidance of arms race and risk reduction, and that both nations need to save on arms and spend on welfare of poor people.

Dr Arif Alvi, one of the founding members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party was last month sworn in as the 13th President of Pakistan, soon after PTI's Imran Khan became Pakistan's Prime Minister.