India’s Military Spending a Threat to Pakistan: Pak NSA Janjua

Pakistan NSA says peace efforts are being hindered by India, which ranks sixth in military spending.

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National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. (retd) Nasir Khan Janjua. (Photo Courtesy: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWPI9Ue4jHU">YouTube</a>screengrab)

India’s heavy military spending and weapons acquisition threaten Pakistan and its efforts for regional peace, National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. (retd) Nasir Khan Janjua said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a seminar in Islamabad on “Pakistan’s role in promoting global peace and security”, Janjua said Pakistan is a peace-loving country but its efforts to promote regional peace are hindered by “Indian desire to acquire military and strategic weapons”.

He was of the view that the two neighbouring countries are nuclear-armed and cannot live in an environment of hostility towards each other, especially when both are fighting terror on their soil.

Western powers desire better relations with India due to a shared anti-China policy despite the fact that a peaceful region and world is in Chinese interest and China has no ill-will towards any of these countries.
Nasir Khan Janjua, National Security Adviser, Pakistan
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval (right) with his
Pakistani counterpart Nasser Khan Janjua at their secret meeting in Bangkok,
Thailand, on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval (right) with his Pakistani counterpart Nasser Khan Janjua at their secret meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

Janjua’s statement coincided with the release of an annual report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri), which listed the 15 nations with highest military spending.

India featured sixth on the list, up a rank from its position in the previous year.

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