Pakistan Raises Objections To India’s Missile Programme


Islamabad: A week after India conducted an Agni-IV test, Pakistan yesterday conveyed its “concern” about New Delhi’s missiles programme to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), saying that it posed “a danger to regional peace and stability,” The Express Tribune reported.

The MTCR is a group of 35 states that have voluntarily agreed to prevent missile proliferation by adhering to common export policy guidelines related to missile technologies. Pakistan conveyed its “concerns” to an MTCR delegation which is in Pakistan to meet with foreign affairs ministry officials.

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Pakistan reportedly said India’s introduction of “destabilising systems such as missile defence programmes and inter-continental ballistic missiles+ was posing a danger to regional peace and stability”, The Express Tribune wrote.

These Pakistan statements come after India last week conducted its final test of the Agni-IV inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM). That test came close on the heels of the successful test-firing of Agni-V. Agni-IV can travel 4,000 kilometres and Agni-V has a range of more than 5,000 kilometres and can reach Europe and the northernmost parts of China.

In a clear reference to India, a Pakistani foreign ministry official “highlighted the risks posed to regional peace and stability due to the introduction of destabilizing systems such as missile defence programmes and inter-continental ballistic missiles.”

Pakistan said its proposal on establishing a Strategic Restraint Regime in South Asia, which covers nuclear and missile restraint remains, on the table. “Pakistan believes that progress on this proposal through meaningful dialogue can promote peace and stability in the region,” the foreign ministry official said. A statement issued by Pakistan’s foreign office said the agenda for talks with the MTCR delegation included the latest political and technical developments in the grouping.

“Pakistan’s export control regime is at par with the best international standards and its national control lists encompass the items and technologies controlled by the MTCR,” a foreign ministry official told the delegation.