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Our military doctrine is purely defensive: Pakistan

Source: PTI
March 07, 2010 21:57 IST

Describing India's massive militarisation as dangerous for peace in the region, Pakistan has said that its military doctrine was purely defensive.

"It is India's dangerous military doctrines and massive militarisation that are matters of huge concern for regional stability whereas Pakistan has always acted to protect its legitimate security interests.

Our military doctrine is purely defensive in nature," Pakistan's foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit told the News.

Basit was reacting to Indian Defence Minister AK Antony's statement that "United States decision to provide sophisticated weapons (to Pakistan) is a matter of serious concern to India."

He brushed aside Antony's criticism saying it is for the world to see that the country's military doctrine is purely defensive in nature.

Basit said the American explanation that the Pakistan Army has to be strengthened to fight terrorist outfits like the Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan was not convincing enough for India.

"Our past experience is bitter," he said, adding that the acquisition of equipment for its army had been doubled in the last five years.
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