Pak NSA says India’s growing defence spend a threat to Islamabad

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Islamabad, Apr.5 (ANI): Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Lieutenant General (retired) Nasir Khan Janjua on Tuesday said India’s heavy military spending and acquisition of weapons is a threat to Islamabad as also to efforts being made for regional peace.

Addressing a seminar on ‘Pakistan’s role in promoting global peace and security’ here, Lt. Gen. (retired) Janjua asserted that Pakistan is a peace-loving country and added that New Delhi is hindering promotion of regional peace by acquiring military and strategic weapons.

The Dawn quoted the national security advisor as saying further that both nuclear armed arch- rivals cannot live in an environment of exhibiting hostility towards each other, especially at a time when both are fighting terror on their soils.

“Western powers desire better relations with India due to a shared anti-China policy despite the fact that a peaceful region in the world is in Chinese interest and China has no ill will towards any of these countries,” he said.

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His remarks coincided with the release of an annual report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on the 15 highest spending nations on military, which featured India at number six, up a rank from its position of the previous year.

The data by Sipri showed Pakistan’s military expenditure in 2015 at 9.5 billion dollars, higher than the previous year’s 8.7 billion dollars.

In 2015, India’s military spending was at 51.3 billion dollars, an increase of 0.4 per cent over the previous year. (ANI)

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