Pakistan shows concerns over US sale of defense system to India


British Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon moves past Indian Air Forces' Sukhoi SU-30 and Mirage 2000 fighter jets during an Indo-UK joint air force exercise at Kalaikunda airbase, about 130 km west from the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, November 2, 2010. (Photo: China Daily)

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan on Thursday expressed serious concerns over the US approval of sale of a defense system to India as it would generate an arms race in the already volatile region.

The US State Department approved this week a 1.867-billion-US-dollar foreign military sale to India of an Integrated Air Defense Weapons System.

"Pakistan has seen the advance notice issued by United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency, notifying State Department's approval of Foreign Military Sale to India of an Integrated Air Defense Weapons System," the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan said.

"Sale of such sophisticated weapons system to India at this time is particularly disturbing as it would further destabilize the already volatile region," foreign office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said.

Farooqui said at the weekly press briefing that the US decision would "disturb the strategic balance in South Asia with serious security implications for Pakistan and the region."

Farooqui said South Asia can not afford an arms race and conflict, adding it is therefore incumbent upon international community to prevent further destabilization of the region.

Earlier this week, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency issued a notification stating the State Department's approval of the deal with India to strengthen the cooperation between the two countries and modernize the existing architecture of the Indian air defense framework.