“Indo- Israel defence deal is threat for regional peace and it will disturb the balance of power in the region”: Analysts
Israel inks missile system contract with India worth almost $2 billion
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), announced on Thursday that the deal includes medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) systems, which is known in Israel as the Barak 8 (the Hebrew word for Lightning), and long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) systems for India's first aircraft carrier, which is still being built.The statement described the nearly 2-billion-dollar contract as the largest military deal Israel has ever signed, which are designed to destroy hostile aircraft, missiles and drones at a range of 70-km, to further tighten the bilateral strategic partnership.
Host : Dr.Shafiq-ur-Rehman
Analysts on Telephone:
Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema ( Expert on world affairs):
"There is no doubt that Indian wish for regional hegemony will destabilize balance of power in the region. India also wants Pakistan to get involved in arms race so that its economy could be disturbed. United States must have played its role to mature this India-Israel defense deal because without US involvement it was not possible. International community must also play its role to force India not to initiate arms race in the region. But the world and super powers have their own economic interests with India. India is also violating International laws as it’s nuclear and defense program is not safe and secure."
Dr. Huma Baqai (Expert on world affairs):
"Indian attitude towards increasing its defense capabilities has been changed in past few years. India has now signed a high tech deal with Israeli company Israeli Aero Space Industries. India has hidden its defense relations with Israel in past but since Modi came into power, he is openly signing defense deals with different countries including Israel. It is observed that Narendra Modi is best friend of Israel. International community must also take notice of Indian defense deals as it will increase insecurity in the region. Pakistan also preserves the right to improve its defense capabilities."
Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal ( Expert on world affairs):
"This two-billion dollars deal between Indian and Israel is threat for regional peace and it will destabilize the equilibrium in the region. India’s main aim is to maintain its hegemony and dominance in the region and keep other countries under pressure. Indian government rather than to be involved in arms race must focus on to improve the condition of the people of its country as majority of Indian population is spending its life below poverty line. Arab countries must have to think that Indian arms deals could also be a threat for the security of Arab countries as well. Both India and Israel are following anti-Muslim policies."
Brig (Retd) Haris Nawaz (Defense Analyst):
"Indian government is spending its major budget on increasing defense assets. It will destabilize balance of power in the region. Pakistan should also strengthen its defense relations with Russia and China. Pakistan has far better missile system and defense weapons as compared to India and also has the world’s best army. India is frustrated that is why it is violating LoC and human rights in Kashmir. Pakistan should expose Indian aggressive policies in front of the world. Pakistan should have to focus on its economic stability and not bother Indian activities."