Pakistan ‘Concerned’ Over India’s Nuclear Missile Test


New Delhi: Expressing serious concern over India’s tests of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, Pakistan has said that it would ‘disturb strategic balance in South Asia’, reported Defence News.

Speaking at a weekly news briefing in Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that India should have informed Pakistan in advance about the test, reports Dawn.

The spokesman dismissed concerns about ‘threats’ to Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, saying the country enjoys safety of its weapons.

India tested a nuclear capable long range submarine missile in the Indian Ocean in March, which raised concerns over the nuclear balance in the region and more specifically the nuclearisation of the Indian Ocean.

The Foreign Office had previously said that Pakistan was ready to work with India to prevent an arms race in the region.

Meanwhile, the spokesman confirmed that Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has postponed his trip to Pakistan scheduled on May 2.

On the other hand, in a bid to arm the Indian Navy with fierce and force multiplier weapons, the newest aircraft carrier INS Vikrant will be armed with sophisticated Russian weaponry.

Russia could supply air defence systems and other equipment to the Indian Vikrant-class aircraft carrier currently under construction, the head of Russian conglomerate Rostec has said.

Viktor Kladov, head of the International Cooperation Department of Russia’s state technology corporation Rostec, said: “Guidance systems, air defence systems, as well as various systems of airborne weaponry, including anti-aircraft, could be supplied on board the aircraft carrier. An aircraft carrier is a vast platform and we have something to offer to our partners,” Kladov told RIA Novosti in an interview, Sputnik News reported.

The first of the Vikrant-class aircraft carriers, the INS Vikramaditya, is Russian-built.

The second vessel of the class, INS Vikrant, is set to become India’s first indigenous carrier. However, according to Kladov, India still needs Russia’s technical assistance in various aspects of the INS Vikrant project.

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