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Pak: US must give arms to match India

world Updated: Feb 16, 2010 01:04 IST
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Pakistan is looking up to the U.S. to help it match India’s plans to spend $100 billion on weapons systems in the coming years to modernise its military, the country’s Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani has said.

He said Pakistan has also started negotiating with the U.S. for an agreement on nuclear technology on the lines of the deal Washington had signed with India and others.

“India is our main concern as it is buying weapons worth $100 billion from five countries and to balance this, we will have to depend on the U.S.

India has 5,500 tanks and there is a question against whom they will be used,” Haqqani told a group of journalists at the Governor’s House here late Sunday night.

“We cannot be assured by statements from the other side of the border that India will not wage a war against us,” the diplomat said.

Pakistan will get another batch of 16 F-16 fighter aircraft in June, Haqqani said.

On nuclear technology, he said: “The U.S. is not sceptical about our nuclear programme. The talks between Pakistan and the U.S. for cooperation on the atomic programmes are underway. “And we want the U.S. to have an agreement with us like the one it had with India on civil nuclear technology.”

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