Pakistan has termed the decision by the US to sell NASAMS-2, an integrated air-defence system to India as “disturbing” and termed it dangerous for South Asia.
Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui in a media briefing, said the sale of such “sophisticated weapons to India will disturb the strategic balance in South Asia with security implications for Pakistan and the region”. “The defence relations between the US and India are contributing to the destabilisation of peace and security in South Asia.”
“South Asia cannot afford an arms race and conflict. It is therefore incumbent upon the international community to prevent destabilisation of the region,” Farooqui said.
The FO spokesperson repeated concerns regarding a false flag operation by India in an effort to divert attention from Jammu and Kashmir and from Pakistan’s successful counter-terror operations.
Earlier, as EurAsian Times reported, New Delhi could get NASAMS II (a multi-layered missile defence system) just like Washington and Moscow after Trump administration apprised its Congress of the forthcoming sale to India worth USD 1.86B.
The NASAMS (National/Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) is a distributed and networked medium to long-range air-defence missile system. The Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace teamed up with Raytheon and launched the NASAMS program as a cooperative effort for the Royal Norwegian Air Force.