India says Sino-Pakistan ties a 'serious concern'

Defence Minister says the "only answer" for India is to increase its capability.


Afp May 21, 2011

NEW DEHLI: India views with "serious concern" growing defence ties between China and Pakistan and says it will have to bolster its own military capabilities to meet the challenge.

"It is a matter of serious concern for us. The main thing is we have to increase our capability -- that is the only answer," Defence Minister AK Antony told reporters in New Delhi late on Friday.

The comments followed reports China plans to accelerate supply of 50 new JF-17 Thunder multi-role combat jets to Pakistan under a co-production pact.

Antony added safe havens for militants in Pakistan is another "main concern" for New Delhi and told Islamabad to "disband and destroy" all guerrilla outfits if it "sincerely" wants to improve relations with India.

The killing of Osama bin Laden by US commandos in Pakistan has "internationally stamped the nation's position as the core of terrorist activities in the South Asian region," he said.

India has long accused Pakistan of providing shelter and support to militant groups planning attacks on Indian soil and has pushed the global community -- the United States in particular -- to censure Pakistan accordingly.

COMMENTS (52)

Bangash | 10 years ago | Reply Neither Pakistan nor China gives a damn.
Mujahed Al Islam | 10 years ago | Reply India will NEVER be secure with Pakistan. EVER. We are built to take on anything you throw at us: your weapons, your RAW-inspired and funded terrorists and your military. Untill we - the Pakistanis - go back to the ideals of Mahmood of Ghazni and Ghauri FEARLESS leaders who were ONLY scared of the ONE Almighty, we will not come out of this morass. We are Muslims and we have lost our dignity because our so-called leaders are beggars of US$$s
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