Analysis: Will India’s S-400 missiles checkmate Pakistan?

Published: April 29, 2016
PHOTO: HindustanTimes

PHOTO: HindustanTimes

The S-400, a Russian integrated air defense system, is the forthcoming state-of-the-art augmentation of the Indian military arsenal. Last December, India’s premier Narendra Modi and Russian president Vladimir Putin finalised the milestone deal. Dialogue on modalities led India to revise its need from 12 battalions or units to five at an undisclosed cost running into billions of dollars. So far, there is no confirmation as to when the deliveries will begin.

The S-400 uses four different missiles along with a multilayered radar tracking umbrella to cover its entire performance envelope. When deployed along the border with Pakistan, the system will provide India with 600kms radar coverage and the option of shooting down a hostile aircraft or missile 400kms to 40kms outside its territory.

Each S-400 battalion is equipped with eight launchers, a control center, radar and 16 missiles for additional use. The projectiles travel towards the target at blistering speed of 17,000kms an hour.

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India is set to become the second recipient after China in 2014. Kremlin is retiring the S-300 and S-400 to replace them with a more lethal S-500 missile system.

Moscow has recently armed Tehran with an earlier version of a similar integrated air defense system called S-300PMU-2 Favorite. The Persians too have ordered five systems. Saudi Arabia was denied the sale after delivery to Tehran was hindered by UN sanctions.

The S-400 Triumph missile defense system is a significant strategic upgrade in India’s military hardware in its pursuit to become a global power. With little domestic debate and no real threat, Delhi has been arming itself to match the Chinese military might. Though, Russian cooperation with China is at a far advanced level, India’s efforts have borne fruit too. Besides deal for nuclear powered-submarines, both are engaged in joint production of fifth generation T-50 (or PAK-FA) fighter jet, a projected counter weight to US F-22 Raptor.

Over the last decade, India has checkmated Pakistan on the US front. Not only has Islamabad faced various pronounced sanctions but also severe political opposition in Washington over transfer of any sophisticated arms including the F-16s falcons.

While India buys S-400s, its option to acquire upgraded US Patriot systems remains open too. Delhi’s hawkish arms shopping spree includes hypersonic missiles or glide vehicles, stealth bombers et al.

Washington will continue to play a fundamental role in fuelling the arms race as part of its ‘Pivot to Asia’ policy, which envisaged China as the next global adversary. Being Beijing’s strategic partner, Islamabad fell out of favour with Washington. Pakistan’s policy makers did not do enough to control the damage, practically giving India a walkover. The odds stacked against the delivery of eight F-16 fighter jets symbolise the current state of Pakistan’s diplomacy in the US.

While China may not fret over the S-400 system deal, it will have significant implications for Pakistan’s Air Force and missile programme both. Highly advanced stealth aircrafts or faster low observables ones or stealth cruise missiles can only dodge the integrated defense system. In the wake of an all out war, Pakistan can outnumber the Indian defense system by launching too many missile and fighter jet attacks, making it near impossible for the S-400s or Akash missiles to deny zero penetration in Indian airspace. Such an attack will come at a heavy price militarily and otherwise, with limited success. If the economy was performing as per potential, Pakistan could follow China’s suit and develop hypersonic multistage missiles.

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While the hypothetical scenario goes to show the soaring cost of war for Pakistan on the eastern front, preparedness for any aggression from the Indian side also requires significant increase in defense spending.

More than the technological gulf, Islamabad’s biggest challenge for the next fiscal year will be poor economic policies and repayment of expensive IMF loans. Over the last decade, Pakistan has achieved little success in impressing upon unprecedented militarisation by India, upsetting the balance of power. Over the years, Islamabad’s diplomacy has been failing her successively as the foreign ministry has not only lacked vision but is also damningly slow in reacting to Delhi’s moves. Until Pakistan-India comprehensive dialogue bears fruit, the defense spending may not lessen for the long haul. Over the last decade, the situation has only gone from bad to worse.

Naveed Ahmad is a Pakistani investigative journalist and academic with extensive reporting experience in the Middle East and North Africa. He is based in Doha and Istanbul. He tweets @naveed360

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Reader Comments (64)

  • Omar Sadiq
    Apr 29, 2016 - 4:56PM

    As long as there is a “democratic” govt in Pakistan, nothing can be achieved by Pakistan in regards to its economy, image, defense, production/manufacturing, etc. Sharif and Zardari family should be publicly hanged to serve as an example to future generations. (P.S. throw in Gilani to the gallows too).Recommend

  • rich
    Apr 29, 2016 - 4:57PM

    first time I heard a Pakistani calling a spade a spade, no false bravado , just stating actual fact

    good reading

    weapons without a sound economy is no security

    eg USSR.Recommend

  • Shakti
    Apr 29, 2016 - 5:29PM

    What “balance of power” are we talking about here? The only parity Pakistan has is with Afghanistan.Recommend

  • sabi
    Apr 29, 2016 - 5:39PM

    In order to dodge the system you have to fire fake and cheap missiles in air till basket on other side is empty. Billions of dollars going in waste in few seconds.

  • G. Din
    Apr 29, 2016 - 5:50PM

    Naveed ji, the train has left the station! No use panting yourself out of breath!Recommend

  • Qasim
    Apr 29, 2016 - 5:56PM

    No, the S-400 does not “checkmate” anyone; Pakistan has access to it + SAMs better than it. Even Russia turns to China for sophisticated avionics these days, and China has been making HQ-9 clones of S-300 for over a decade.

    India has a lengthy history of taking up alot of $$$ deals; 126 Rafales, many Aircraft carriers, etc. And in the end, even the deal to get 36 Rafales has fallen appart many times.

    I’m surprised that a Pakistani media outlet can carry an article like this. Not even in the free-iest countries can their media engage in propaganda benefitting their enemies.Recommend

  • bharat
    Apr 29, 2016 - 6:08PM

    Add to this a patriot PM with accounts in Panama and an adversary which has overtaken China in growth and FDI figures.Recommend

  • @bla bla
    Apr 29, 2016 - 6:13PM

    There was a time when India got AWACS and it was said yes PAF cannot fly there combat jets but still PAF is flying and is the Best .Pakistan has an option for HQ9 along with CH5 stleath drones and a hypersonic missile could be developed enough to keep India in its limit ^^Recommend

  • Vectra
    Apr 29, 2016 - 6:14PM

    Making and firing fake and cheap missiles but without warhead is also gonna cost you huge amount of money in billions + firing a missile without warhead is also self defeating.How may fake missile you can make?? Big strategic kind of fake missiles is out of question and for small one Akash and Buk and may be Panstir in Indian Arsenal will be the 1st to take to sky rather than S-400.Recommend

  • Hella
    Apr 29, 2016 - 6:21PM

    @sabi, only problem with that is Pakistan’s failing economy can ill afford even cheap and fake missiles leave alone the real thing. All that India has to do is announce ‘cold start doctrines’ , procurement of even more advanced weaponry etc to throw Pak army into a tizzy and divert Pakistan’s scarce resources into developing even more expensive defences. CheersRecommend

  • Sandip
    Apr 29, 2016 - 6:24PM

    @sabi: “In order to dodge the system you have to fire fake and cheap missiles in air till basket on other side is empty.”
    The fake and cheap missiles are exactly what you have. There is an old saying – empty vessel sounds much. That’s exactly what is currently the state of most things Pakistani.Recommend

  • Revenge
    Apr 29, 2016 - 6:27PM

    @sabi Atleast we don’t beg for funds like you do. The best thing about your country is that it claims the self build JF-17 is the best in business (though made by China entirely) but still want F-16s of US. Hypocrisy at best! Get rid of Polio first and then talk.Recommend

  • Anon
    Apr 29, 2016 - 6:28PM

    India has big economy, huge forex reserve and ample resources to keep high defence budget….
    while Pak economy is fragile, depends upon aids, so Pak must not fall in trap of this arm’s race and instead focus on improving economy, nukes are sufficient to secure pakRecommend

  • Sumi
    Apr 29, 2016 - 6:31PM

    India doesn’t need to attack Pak directly, all it has to make sure that pak keep spending his every penny on defence budget for another decade,,,,rest things will take care itselfRecommend

  • Arman
    Apr 29, 2016 - 6:45PM

    It won’t effect Pakistan rather India will blow its economic resources in the name of security measures. Pakistan has every kind of missile facility to penetrate into any kind of defense system. Recommend

  • Vectra
    Apr 29, 2016 - 6:47PM

    Iran and some other nations has also shown interest in S-400 but according to Russian officials it may not be possible to sell this system to every one and the 1st priority is given to Russian Armed Forces.However according to them negotiation with India and China are moving ahead and these are the two nation who are likely to be the 1st recipient.China negotiation has already completed and Indian negotiation will soon be complete and may be signed either this months itself or early next month.

    If we look at Russian decision to not supply this system to everyone else and only confining the availability of this system to RIC i.e Russia,China and India this shows more of geopolitical decision and the strengthening of BRICS especially the trio among them i.e RIC.Economically BRICS is already secured with the launching of $100 billion BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) and another $100 billion BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA)Recommend

  • KK
    Apr 29, 2016 - 6:47PM

    The crux of the story is, “Until Pakistan-India comprehensive dialogue bears fruit, the defense spending may not lessen for the long haul.”. The rest is all wordart. From this very sentence people can deduce who wants to maintain the status-quo, who benefits from it and who is suffering because of it.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Apr 29, 2016 - 7:12PM

    “Though, Russian cooperation with China is at a far advanced level, India’s efforts have borne fruit too”

    This is false but is also otherwise. Russian cooperation with India is at a far advanced level than China.Russia still even suspect China’s intention despite S-400 and 24 Su-35 delivery to them but as per some report denies key technology as wanted by China.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Apr 29, 2016 - 7:15PM

    Pakistan’s relations with USA have been spoiled more by Pakistan’s own actions than that of India.
    (1) Recall the visit of President Clinton to Pakistan.
    (2) During President Clinton’s time, US fired two cruise missiles targeting a meeting of Al Quaida and LeT terrorists in Pakistan/Afghanistan border area. One missile landed in Pakistan’s FATA region and failed to explode. Pakistan sold this unexploded missile to China for $2 million and China developed its own cruise missile by reverse engineering. These are the missiles China is supplying to Pakistan today and Pakistan claims that it has developed its own cruise missiles.
    (3) When US forces were bombing Tora Bora caves in Afghanistan to take out Osama Bin Ladin, Pakistan’s ISI facilitated his escape to Pakistan. Pakistan kept him hidden in various places and ultimately US took him out from his hiding place in Pakistan which was just yards away from an important military facility of Pakistan.
    (4) During the US raid on Osama, one stealth helicopter went down. Pakistan allowed China to inspect the stealth helicopter and steel highly guarded US military technology. China reverse engineered it and developed its own stealth aircrafts.

    US technology in the hands of Pakistan is as good as giving it to China.Recommend

  • Dilip
    Apr 29, 2016 - 7:35PM

    Balance of power! What power ? Both India and Pakistan will strive in poverty. The poor will remain poor and the rich will become richer. Time will tell!! Recommend

  • curious2
    Apr 29, 2016 - 7:38PM

    Over the last decade, India has checkmated Pakistan on the US front.
    Incorrect. Comments implying that India has significant political clout in the USA are common in Pakistan but defy reality. They also imply that USA has to choose between the two countries which is something the American’s have consistently refused to do.
    Yes – India has more political clout than Pakistan – but that’s because Pakistan isn’t very popular and has almost no clout. That doesn’t mean that India has enough clout to kill military deals or anything else. American issues with Pakistan are based on Pakistan’s policy of assisting the Haqqani, failure to confront Islamic extremism, and failure to do anything about those who were helping OBL.Recommend

  • abreez
    Apr 29, 2016 - 8:15PM

    Operational range
    1,770 km (1,100 mi) (DF-21/DF-21A)
    1,700 km (1,100 mi) (DF-21C)
    1,500 km (930 mi; 810 nmi) (DF-21D ASBM)
    Speed Mach 10
    The Dong-Feng 21 is a two-stage, solid-fuel rocket, single-warhead medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) in the Dong Feng series developed by China Changfeng Mechanics and Electronics Technology Academy.
    In January 2014, Newsweek revealed that Saudi Arabia had secretly bought a number of DF-21 medium-range ballistic missiles in 2007. They also said that the American CIA had allowed the deal to go through as long as the missiles were modified to not be able to carry nuclear warheads.
    A Russian Military Analysis report of the DF-21D has concluded that the only way to successfully counter it would be through electronic countermeasures. Conventional interceptions of high-speed objectives have worked in the past, with the Russian report citing the 2008 interception of a malfunctioning satellite by a U.S. cruiser, but in that situation the warship had extensive knowledge of its location and trajectory. Against an attack from the Mach 10 DF-21D without knowing the missile’s launch point, the U.S. Navy’s only way to evade it would be through electronic countermeasures.
    China can use anti radiation warheads that come with the DF-21 and DF-26 missile series in order to counter American electronic jamming. If there is no jamming the warhead will have to use a computer algorithm that tells it to switch to active radar when the computer decided based on passive sensor data that there is no jamming. China will have to send in two different waves of attacks with the DF-21 and DF-26 weapons. The first to take out the jamming and the second to attack the ships.Recommend

  • Raghavan
    Apr 29, 2016 - 8:41PM

    Naveed Ji

    This is called obsession, We are maintaining full deterrence against china and not against you. For our economy, country size, we need this much big defense procurement. For example Our coastline is nearly 7 times more than u, we need 7 times more helicopters for patrolling than u.. we are not that much big still now. We will be soon. Our defence budget will reach 100 billion before 2025!! Instead of pursuing arms race with us, promote peace like once between 2003 -2007 in Musharraf periodRecommend

  • hamza khan
    Apr 29, 2016 - 9:02PM


    failing how? have you read the ADBs, WBs, and major financial institutions around the worlds assessement of pakistans economy? have you heard of CPEC? have you read the statements coming out of the european and russian capitals about their interest in pakistan? we’re not going anywhere. go ahead raise your defence budget veggie boy. and i dare your coward army to step across that border. i dare you. they dont have the guts. Recommend

  • Nasir Shah
    Apr 29, 2016 - 9:02PM

    Pakistan must bring up new political leadership. Nation is facing serious internal and external challenges. Modi sarkar is motivated and working hard while Pakistani sarkar is corrupt and not capable of facing new challangesRecommend

  • usman778
    Apr 29, 2016 - 9:30PM

    We have close to 200 nukes. So long as Pakistan is united, India can never checkmate Pakistan.Recommend

  • Revenge
    Apr 29, 2016 - 9:50PM

    @Hamza Khan Relax ‘grass eater’! We have already made a Bangladesh out of east Pakistan so spare those big words for your children type army.Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Apr 29, 2016 - 9:59PM

    As you can see this is another article advocating higher defense spending while at the same time lamenting the poor state of the economy! The economy is in bad shape precisely because of excessive defense spending at the cost of development and social sector spending.Recommend

  • Hari
    Apr 29, 2016 - 10:22PM

    Lol, now let’s see whether Pak can match our spending or not.Recommend

  • Jawahar
    Apr 29, 2016 - 11:08PM

    There is huge misunderstanding here. S-400 is a defensive system and not offensive one. Looking at Indian security measures taken in last few years , efforts are in line to keep undesired elements out. Author must know that Indians have nothing to gain from keeping relation with Pakistan. He should pay attention to new voices within India demanding to cut relation with Pakistan in all fields including diplomatic. And if bilateral talks ever resumes, Indians will set the agenda and two new potential points of transfer of population and water distribution may be added as unfinished business between two nations. India has already started the process by granting permanent stay etc to minority people who do not want to return to Pakistan.Recommend

  • teacher
    Apr 30, 2016 - 12:50AM

    I teach maths to boys in class 10 in a remote village. after reading this article, I just look on internet the speed of s400 and speed f16. these facts i never knew. it is very safe to say that we as Pakistan have failed, i started teaching in 1958, things were very peaceful back then.Recommend

  • Chnag Den
    Apr 30, 2016 - 1:35AM

    USA having eyes on Pakistan for being close to China. That’s why USA is with India.Recommend

  • solutions
    Apr 30, 2016 - 2:13AM

    Strategic assets and not economic development seem to be a very short sighted national security policy indeed. Recommend

  • Kam
    Apr 30, 2016 - 2:25AM

    Billions spent on arms will create more disparity in India. Naxalites and similar movement will rise if benefits of economic boom goes in weopens instead of dealing with poverty and drought. India May become another USSR. End of the day S400 is a defensive not offensive weopen which exhibits paranoid state of minds in Delhi. Guess what’s scaring them. Peace is only solution for India rather than forcing Pakistan to rely on nukes more.Recommend

  • Mehran
    Apr 30, 2016 - 6:06AM

    Pakistan has M-9 (DF-15) called Shaheen-I
    and M-11 (DF-11) called Ghaznavi
    and NoDong 1 (Which itself is based on R-21 Russian Missile) called Ghauri 1
    and NoDong 2 called Ghauri 2
    and TaePodong called Shaheen 2 under development…

    There is NO sign of pakistan integrating DF-21. Also, Pakistan has contracted with Brazil to get their Anti-Radiation Missile (MAR-1) already for JF-17.Recommend

  • Mohammad Basir Ul Haq Sinha
    Apr 30, 2016 - 7:25AM

    Why do not Pakistanis tend to pursue an independent policy regarding Iran?Remember Syria gained by her close relationship with Iran fighting out US proxies…Against India and others Pakistan should set up joint venture military hardware projects…Recommend

  • Hakim Afghan
    Apr 30, 2016 - 7:34AM

    India kept Pakistan busy with Afghanistan for 14 years and that’s the only reason India is much ahead of Pakistan now. Pakistan was fooled and kept busy with Afghan war and still Pakistan is fooled and kept busy with a useless war which Pakistan won’t gain a thing even if by chance Afghanistan government is replaced with Taliban… Pakistan must realize this before it’s too late but i think it’s already too LATE!Recommend

  • Uncle Tom
    Apr 30, 2016 - 8:41AM

    Analysis: Will India’s S-400 missiles checkmate Pakistan?

    Well, if the claims that Babar Cruise Missile is stealth/ terrain hugging etc are true, then all Pakistan needs to do is use satellites to determine the location of these Batteries along the border and take them out… If Pakistan already has the solution… then whats the problem?Recommend

  • Sridhar
    Apr 30, 2016 - 9:34AM

    Nice article.
    Surprisingly objective and unbiased!
    Any nation that has high percentage of GDP spent for defense without commensurate economic growth is looking at same fate as that of Soviet Union.
    Pakistan is in a catch-22.
    It has to develop economically if it has to match India’s defense expenditure.
    It needs trade with India to develop economically.
    Chinese, pragmatic people as they are, have been urging Pakistanis to have good trade relations with India and develop economically.
    With Army in control in Pakistan in areas relating to India, this is not going to happen.Recommend

  • globalobserver
    Apr 30, 2016 - 9:48AM

    “While the hypothetical scenario goes to show the soaring cost of war for Pakistan on the eastern front, preparedness for any aggression from the Indian side also requires significant increase in defense spending.”

    All that Pakistan has to do is to forget its Kashmir and anti-India obsession and focus and change its national priorities to welfare of its people. After all, what it the point? Pakistan isn’t going to get Kashmir or neither is it going to surpass India militarily or in economics. Why keep up with these irrational geopolitical obsessions? Isn’t he a fool who keeps doing the same thing and expecting different results?

    Bangladesh is good model for Pakistan to follow. BD is surging ahead of Pakistan in all parameters of progress- economy, democracy, social justice etc.Recommend

  • Fahad Raza
    Apr 30, 2016 - 9:58AM

    Ah well,!! Checkmate really ?? You will need to have a will to fire up these weapons. Besides its like carrying a sniper rifle in a CQB. Let them waster their resources. Recommend

  • Asta
    Apr 30, 2016 - 10:43AM

    Hahaha. In real life war scenario, India will not only defend using S-400, instead they will started attacking with there missiles as well.

    Real full fledged war will not last more than 1 hour since both has nukes.

    Reason of this inclusion is, if Pakistan uses nuke first, then these systems will prevent India from first attack and few seconds later, India will launch nukes attack to wrap up the things. Recommend

  • Apr 30, 2016 - 11:05AM

    because of this kind of fake ego will sink india down very soonRecommend

  • BigFact
    Apr 30, 2016 - 11:13AM

    India knows China will do what it does best: reverse engineer the S400 in a few months and give Pakistan what it needs. Also Pakistan’s option of sending a few dozen fakes does NOT cost billions, please and will neutralize the billions costing S400 easily. So there’s India complete checkmate.
    Pakistan Zindabad!Recommend

  • BigFact
    Apr 30, 2016 - 11:25AM

    Pakistan has the antidote much before they even arrive in India. Billions of dollars of Indian taxpayers money going down the drain- again.
    Regards. Recommend

  • Human
    Apr 30, 2016 - 11:28AM

    Great going Pakistan! Let India spend billions of taxpayers dollars on something it will take Pakistan peanuts to neutralize.
    Thumbs up to the Sharif duo. Recommend

  • Sun Tzu
    Apr 30, 2016 - 11:41AM

    Pakistan started playing strategic games by allowing unfettered Chinese access to sensitive places. But it didnot do homework. If you play strategic games, be ready for strategic response. It was no surprise that the entire South East Asian block voted against Pakistan to deny it leadership of the Human Rights committee at UN recently. Most South East Asia has quarrels with China – so Pakistan better be prepared to shoulder cost of Chinese “strategic partnership”. Soon, aid from Japan will dry up too — just let some Japan-China spat to grow a little more serious. Next in line are Australia who are not too happy with Chinese expansion and just ordered 10 submarines from France. What about Turkey? China and Turkey are on opposite camps as far as Xinkiang and Uighurs are concerned. All it needs is some Indian efforts to point out to the Turkish how the Pakistanis support Chinese oppression of the Uighurs — and relations between Turkey and Pakistan will be interesting to watch~!!! Recommend

  • Atheist
    Apr 30, 2016 - 11:51AM

    @khurram shahzad: I don’t think India will sink Its rising with bigger investment in coming years. btw India got 51bn $ FDI in 2015-16 that is highest India ever got in a year.Recommend

  • Reader
    Apr 30, 2016 - 12:17PM

    All said and done, India and Pakistan should become one, weapons can only kill, is that the meaning of life, to Kill others?? Recommend

  • Chris Brown
    Apr 30, 2016 - 12:54PM

    Fellow !ndians: how about spending more than what you are on military hardware and be devastated by home-grown marginalized population. If disparity increases with Pakistan, why not Islamabad use proxies to bleed hawkish India to its knees. The US and Russia can protect you to a degree just China can’t help Pakistan beyond a point. Solve Kashmir, Siachin and Sir Creek with Pakistan and your global aspirations can have a better sailing. Modi has turned the entire country into a mob of hyper-religious, ultra-nationalists. In the long run, this will be beneficial to Pakistan and China. Bask in the glory of Mr Modi!Recommend

  • Komal S
    Apr 30, 2016 - 2:19PM

    @Hakim Afghan: I thought Pakistan was busy in Afghanistsn since the time it helped beat the world super power! That is from the late 70s. Please enlighten us what war is Pakistan fighting in Afghanistan in the last 14 years. May be the Afghans know better. Recommend

  • Ul Logical
    Apr 30, 2016 - 6:52PM

    what may not be obvious to readers readily is that paki is the most tolerant, educated, kind, most developed, divergent, country in the whole world; pakis are a bunch of highly intelligent people; they have developed the practice of begging into such a fine science form that abdul rashak got a bobel rise out of it; and they also kid and lots of times nap people from other countries and term it research and analysis wing performances; now paki is involved in a big project of teaching children how to beg in chinese and for insurance, also dari. Good job, and good luck.Recommend

  • Sandip
    Apr 30, 2016 - 7:56PM

    @teacher: I can understand your feelings. But the time that you are calling peaceful were the times when Pakistan had already sown the seeds of death and destruction by deciding to use terrorism as an instrument of state policy.Recommend

  • Jovan
    Apr 30, 2016 - 7:56PM

    Well , it’s a defence system. You can’t blame India for taking defence measures to stop foreign advances. If pakistan ever uses nuke , all the world nations will condamn that act of starting it and proceed to brand pakistan as a malicious state and a threat to humanity , since it will have a huge impact on global economy. Then there will be a JUSTIFIED retaliation and that will be the end of pakistan. Are the entire population of pakistan willing to die for a piece of land , giving up a good future?Recommend

  • ramdar
    Apr 30, 2016 - 8:01PM

    Why is Pakistan so concerned when no other SAARC country, (those without a nuclear deterrent), is bothered. India has not taken over even an inch of Pakistani territory unlike China which used brute force to take over Tibet, part of Kashmir & claims whole of Arunachal.
    Yes, we had wars, but honest Pakistanis ( like air marshal Asgar Khan) know how those were started by vested interests. We have dispute on Kashmir but India has no plans to enter Pakistan administered Kashmir in spite of the anti India terrorist camps operating there.
    Pakistan has a clear choice. Recommend

  • rajesh
    May 1, 2016 - 12:11PM

    Nawaz Putin & li jinping are accused in panamaRecommend

  • Mohammed - - - Auckland
    May 1, 2016 - 3:53PM

    Pakistan is following the other countries by putting more faith in weapons then Allah .
    Change this and see the benefits. Recommend

  • sohail
    May 2, 2016 - 5:30PM

    you will realise it soon wait for it, a hammer on your head will wake you up.Recommend

  • denguta
    May 8, 2016 - 12:51PM

    Pakistan you compare itself to Afghanistan and somaliya Recommend

  • Shuchit
    May 16, 2016 - 1:53PM

    @Chris Brown: You need education than rhetoric’s. world 3rd largest economy and tipped to overtake china by 2025 is no joke. You will never get Kashmir that’s for sure. yes your remaining 5 billion reserve is what you need to focus on . USA or China you always have been a beggar .Recommend

  • mohammad mohtasham
    May 19, 2016 - 11:59AM

    this deal is not finalized and india has not received any S 400 batteries as of today., stop scaring us please. india already has S 300 and the S 400 is only a marginal improvement over the previous .

    our defensive posture is adequately ensured with the availability of tactical short range nukes does the need arise . S 400s batteries can be dealt with a swarm of cruise missiles which pakistan has ( babar ,Raad etc ) . Recommend

  • Naresh
    May 26, 2016 - 2:15AM

    One of the reasons for India being able to acquire Defence Goods from Various Countries i.e. USA, Russia, UK, France etc is that India pays Hard Cash and that too in the Currency of the Sellers Choice. Pakistan wants to either get such Goods at a Subsidized Rate or even Free puts Pakistan in a difficult position. Once Pakistan can show the Colour of its Money then it will be able to provide itself with whatever Goods it wants to the extent that the Sellers will beat a Path to the Pakistani Door!Recommend

  • Naresh
    May 26, 2016 - 2:21AM

    The reason for International Arms Manufacturers and Merchants to provide India per India’s requirements is that India does not ask the Sellers to provide it Free or at a Subsidized Rate and pays in Hard Cash. If Pakistanis show the Sellers the color of their Money then Pakistan will get its needs fulfilled. However if Pakistan wants it Free or at a subsidized rate then the sellers will Demur, Hem and Haw and Pakistan gets nothing.

  • Rashid
    May 30, 2016 - 3:09AM

    Yet India biggest economy can’t feed 194 million Indians who are starving to death.Recommend

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