Sartaj Aziz says India’s test fire of supersonic interceptor missile to disturb strategic balance of power in region.

India , Sunday, test-fired a supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming hostile ballistic missile, from a test range off Odisha coast. "The test conducted to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode has been successful," Defense Research Development Organization sources said. The interceptor was engaged against a target which was a naval version of Prithvi missile launched from a ship anchored inside Bay of Bengal, taking up the trajectory of a hostile ballistic missile. Last month, the reported successful testing of nuclear-capable K-4 Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs) by India from its nuclear-powered INS Arihant has taken India closer to what is described as second-strike capability” in nuclear deterrence. The second strike provides a military the capability to hit back at an enemy in a situation where its land-based nuclear arsenal had been neutralized

Analysts say the test of interceptor missile by India is a dangerous development for regional peace. 

Sartaj Aziz (Advisor  to PM on foreign affairs): “The test launch of supersonic interceptor missile by India is not a surprising news for us, but definitely we are concerned over the disturbing of the balance of power in the region. India and Pakistan are bound by an agreement of informing each other of their respective missile tests. Pakistan is not oblivious to its defense and will think seriously to upgrade its defensive capabilities. India is enjoying the backing and cooperation of the US as Washington thinks a strong India is vital to contain China. Pakistan will definitely acquire advanced technology to improve its defense. We are concerned over the fact that due to these tests by India the balance of power in the region is being disturbed. Pakistan will raise its voice at the international level against these developments.”

Sheikh Rohail Asghar (Chairman Standing Committee on Defense): “Pakistan needs to further upgrade its missile technology in view of the threats emanating from India . India has tested a supersonic ballistic missile which will disturb the strategic balance in South Asia. Now, no one can stop Pakistan to acquire advanced technology to make its defense impregnable. We should raise our voice against India at the international level and inform the world of the hegemonic designs of New Delhi government.”

Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Amjad Shoaib (Defense Analyst): “India is afraid of the capability and reach of Pakistan’s missiles and had been striving to develop a missile defense system to destroy incoming missiles in the mid air. Now, Pakistan should take this issue seriously. Pakistan will also have to develop its interceptor missiles. The US has its own interests in the region. It has signed an agreement with India under which Washington will be able to use all bases of India . The US-India relations have moved ahead and Pakistan should explore other options than relying solely on the US for its defense needs. India has been an extremist state and all regional countries are afraid of Indian designs. India has started a new race of missile development in the region.”

Dr. Muhammad Khan (Defense Analyst): “A few months ago Indian and American think tanks had admitted that Pakistan’s nuclear program was much developed and secure as compared to other countries in the region. India itself is making advancements in nuclear program and missile technology. Pakistan, China and other regional countries should pressurize India to stop the arms and weapons race as it will disrupt the balance of power in the region. Pakistan is fighting a war against terrorism not only for itself but also for peace and prosperity of the world. United States has adopted  double standards. On the one hand it is supporting India by supplying it with modern technology and weapons and up-gradation of its missile system and on the other it is cancelling the deal for provision of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. Pakistan’s nuclear program is only for its self defense whereas Indian nuclear program could be used against Pakistan and it will be dangerous for other countries as well.”

"Pakistan and Turkey are determined to eliminate terrorism from their soils and share each other's experience"

Pakistan and Turkey are determined to eliminate terrorism from their soils and share each other's experience. In an interview in Ankara, Pakistan's ambassador to Turkey, Sohail Mahmood said their security forces are in a regular dialogue on the issue to further cement their cooperation on combating terrorism. It is an on-going process and is always on the agenda for further strengthening security and defence cooperation. The Ambassador said negotiations over Free Trade Agreement are continuing and this agreement would open up vast opportunities for the Pak-Turk business communities.

"Pakistan is ready for defeating terrorism and eliminating violent extremism"

Speaking in the U.N. Security Council, Pakistan Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi says, failure to redress genuine grievances of the weak against the powerful created the breeding grounds of terrorism. Terrorism could not be associated with any religion, culture or region. Maleeha Lodhi emphasized countering online radicalization and measures to prevent such groups from exploiting the digital space
Pakistan's National Action Plan to counter terrorism contains six specific action points that directly and indirectly aim to counter the narratives and ideologies of terrorists. Pakistan stands ready to share its national experience with the international community to further our common goal of defeating terrorism and eliminating violent extremism.

Analysts hail the development in existing bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkey.

Brig. (Retd.) Mehmood Shah (Defense Analyst): “Pakistan and Turkey have unanimity of views on diverse issues. Turkey is taking action against Kurd separatists and other terrorists on its soil. Pakistan has immense experience of fighting terrorism since the last 10 years and we have successfully eliminated this threat in the border areas of our country. Turkey can benefit from the experience of Pakistan in counter-terrorism operations. Being the only Muslim country that is a member of NATO block, Turkey is enjoying modern defense equipment, weaponry and aircraft.  We can further enhance our defense cooperation.”

Ali Sarwar Naqvi (Former Ambassador): “The relations between Pakistan and Turkey span over many decades. Turkey has successfully controlled the threat of Kurd terrorism. Turkey has also progressed in the economic sphere and its GDP has significantly improved over the years. Situated at the door to Europe, it can be helpful for Pakistan in getting access to EU markets.”

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