Indian purchase of S-400 missile system to lead to renewed arms race: FO

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ISLAMABAD, Oct 19 (APP):Pakistan on Friday said it remained fully confident of its ability to address threats from any kind of destabilizing weapon system. We reiterate our commitment towards ensuring national defence in line with the policy of maintaining credible minimum deterrence and maintaining strategic balance in the region in the future as well,” said a statement issued by Foreign Office here Friday.
The statement described the Indian purchase of S-400 missile system, a part of their efforts to acquire a Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system through multiple sources. The statement observed that the Indian purchase of S-400 missile system would further destabilize strategic stability in South Asia, besides leading to a renewed arms race.
It said, following the May 1998 nuclear tests by both sides, Pakistan had proposed a Strategic Restraint Regime in the region, advocating against the acquisition of BMD systems due to their destabilizing effect.
Indian rejection of this proposal forced Pakistan to develop capabilities which render any BMD system ineffective and unreliable, the statement added.