India test-firing of nuclear-capable missile to start arms race
KARACHI, Feb 27 (APP): The test-firing of a nuclear-capable missile by India on Tuesday “is going to start a new arms race in the region”.This was stated by the Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir.He was talking to media on the occasion of keel laying of the first small tanker-cum-utility ship being built for Pakistan Navy at the Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) here on Wednesday.
When a reporter sought his comments on Tuesday’s test-firing of a nuclear-capable missile by India, the Pakistan Naval Chief remarked: “ Well my reaction is that this is going to start a new arms race in the region. We are aware of these developments and these developments are taking place with a view to put nuclear weapons at sea and it is a very very serious issue”.
He further stated that the impact of this on the regional situation will be looked into and our best efforts would be that it has no adverse effect in the region.
Replying another question regarding the construction of war ships in the country, the Naval Chief pointed out that fourth Chinese frigate F-22P will be built here at the Karachi Shipyard. Its construction will start next year.
He stated that the construction of the new sub-marines which we are negotiating would also be constructed here at the Karachi Shipyard.
Admiral Tahir said that when these programmes would commence then Pakistan will reappear on the map of shipbuilding.
Replying another question about Pakistan’s participation in the war on terror, he said that this has a specific mandate and the Pakistan Navy will remain within this mandate.
The Naval Chief further stated that Iran is our brother and a neighbouring country and we have deep religious, cultural and historical links with this country.
Therefore, there is no relation of the war on terror with the standoff between United States and Iran.
The war on terror has a very limited mandate under which Pakistan Navy is participating in the war on terror and that there is nothing beyond that, he declared in clear terms.