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Pak will acquire advanced tech to counter Indian missile test: Aziz

Sartaj Aziz, the foreign affairs adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister, said on Monday Islamabad will take up India’s supersonic interceptor missile test at the international level.

india Updated: May 16, 2016 18:24 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times
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Foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz has said Pakistan will upgrade its defensive capabilities to counter India’s test of an interceptor missile.(File Photo)

Pakistan has said it will “definitely acquire” advanced technology to boost its defence after India’s successful test of a supersonic interceptor missile.

Sartaj Aziz, adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs, told state-run Radio Pakistan that Islamabad is not oblivious to its defence and will continue to upgrade its defensive capabilities.

Expressing concern at India's missile test, Aziz said it will disturb the region’s balance of power. He added Pakistan will acquire advanced technology to improve its defence

“The test launch of the supersonic interceptor missile by India is not a surprising news for us, but definitely we are concerned over the disturbing of the balance of power in the region,” he said.

He said India is enjoying cooperation with the US because Washington thinks a strong India is vital to contain China. But Pakistan will raise its voice at the international level against these developments, he said.

Aziz's remarks came a day after India successfully tested an indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile, from a test range off the Odisha coast.

The foreign policy chief said India and Pakistan are bound by an agreement to inform each other about missile tests.

Aziz recently accused India of lobbying to block the sale of eight F-16 combat jets to Pakistan by the US.

The Obama administration said Pakistan can acquire the jets if it is prepared to pay their full price of nearly $700 million since the Congress has blocked a subsidy for the deal.

First Published: May 16, 2016 12:22 IST