Nuclear and Missile development in South Asia are dangerous: Analyst

Nuclear and Missile development in South Asia are dangerous: Analyst

ISLAMABAD, May 19 (APP): Nuclear and Missile development in South Asia are dangerous: Analyst


Defence analysts and international affairs  experts have expressed concern over nuclear and missile developments in South Asia.


They said that India had started arms race in the region and  Pakistan had expressed concern at the 8th round of the Pakistan-U.S. Security, Strategic Stability, and Non-proliferation Working Group meeting in Islamabad.


Pakistan also expresses concerns on the growing conventional imbalance and reiterates its longstanding proposal for Strategic Restraint Regime (SRR) in South Asia.


Speaking in Radio Pakistan programme, Nuqta-e-Nazar Former Ambassador  Dr. Fauzia Nasreen said that subjecting only Pakistan to disarmament regime was wrong and counterproductive.


She said  "Pakistan Pakistan is well aware of the changes that are coming on regional and international scene".


She said that Pakistan's foreign policy was based on peaceful relations with the neighboring countries, adding that Central Asian Republics also realized that they needed to strengthen their relations with Pakistan.


Security analyst Brig. (Retd.) Mehmood Shah said that India had no external pressure unlike Pakistan.


India has developed good relations with the US over the years and the main reason in cultivation of relations is the big Indian market for the USproducts.


Indian lobby was also very strong in the US,he said, adding that India     had not accepted Pakistan since its inception.


Dr. Khurram Iqbal, security analyst said that attitude of India was the biggest stumbling block in regional peace as it had started arms race in the region.


The proposal given by Pakistan in 1998 for the reduction of nuclear weapons in sub-continent is feasible but India never gave a positive response to it. The second point was to solve all the disputes through negotiations. This shows the positive efforts of Pakistan for the peace and stability of the region.


As far the issue of supply of F-16s is concerned, Pakistan needs to increase its negotiation power with Washington and consider other options of the buying of modern aircraft.


International Affairs Expert Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal said that Pakistan  presented a proposal for disarmament in 1998 which was an effective solution to control arms race in the subcontinent.


He said that Pakistan also developed tactical weapons to maintain balance of power in the region as India had far larger conventional forces against Pakistan.

Now, India has test launched submarine ballistic missiles.


Pakistan has to do advancement in weapon and nuclear technology to counter India's hegemony in the region.


The international community must play its positive and neutral role to maintain power in the region to control this arm race,he added.


Defence analyst Dr. Muhammad Khan said that the balance of power was vital for the peace and prosperity of the subcontinent.


But this goal cannot be achieved if international community, especially the US, continues to support India in arms race and weapon technologies,he said.


Disarmament and peace of the region is also beneficial for international community but practically they keep on supporting India. The ties between US and India are based on the economic interests.


He said that on the other hand, Pakistan is an important allyof the US in the war on terror. India is playing dual role in the region. On one side, it is enhancing its ties with the US while on the other it is upgrading and increasing its capabilities against China and Pakistan,he said.


He said that America was using Pakistan in the war against terror, but whenever Pakistan needs American support, it failed to support Islamabad.


The recent F-16 sale issue was an example of that, he added.