Pakistan expresses concern over US-India’s BECA

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – October 28, 2020
ISLAMABAD: In response to a query about the signing of the United States (US) - India basic exchange and cooperation agreement (BECA) on sharing of geospatial information, the foreign office (FO) spokesperson stated, Tuesday, Pakistan has taken note of the signing of the BECA.

According to a press release, the FO spokesperson continued: Pakistan has been consistently highlighting the threats posed to strategic stability in South Asia as a result of provision of advanced military hardware, technologies and knowledge to India.

India’s massive acquisition of armaments and expansion of its nuclear forces, including introduction of new destabilising weapon systems, are developments with serious repercussions for peace and stability in South Asia.

The recent unprecedented rate of missile tests conducted by India is yet another manifestation of dangerous Indian conventional and nuclear military build-ups.

It again corroborates concerns expressed by several international experts on the military spin-offs of conducting high technology trade with India, which has not only eroded the international norms but has also resulted in negatively affecting the strategic stability in South Asia.

These developments clearly negate the argument that India’s mainstreaming in the international export control regimes will further the non-proliferation objectives of these regimes.

Earlier on Monday, according to a press release: US secretary of defense (SoD) Mark T. Esper met with Indian defence minister (DM) Rajnath Singh ahead of the US-India 2+2 ministerial dialogue in New Delhi, India.

US SoD Esper and Indian DM Singh applauded the strength of the defence relationship between the US and India, and reinforced their commitment to deepening military-to-military cooperation, including joint-service cooperation; increasing secure communications capabilities; and enhancing mutual logistics engagements.

US SoD Esper and Indian DM Singh commended the conclusion of the BECA during the visit, and welcomed the expansion of information-sharing.

From collaborating on emerging technologies to advancing defense trade priorities, US SoD Esper and Indian DM Singh agreed to continue to work in partnership to address pressing global security challenges.