Despite a crippling economy and major internal security issues, Pakistan has been expanding and enhancing its nuclear capabilities, Indian security agencies have said.
The Ministry of Defence in its annual report said, “Pakistan continues to relentlessly expand its military forces, especially nuclear and missile capabilities despite a financial crisis.”
The report further pointed out that Pakistan has been torn by ethnic-regional conflicts, with the zone of conflict expanding from tribal areas on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border to the hinterland.
PULWAMA IS PROOF
“The Pulwama terror attack in February perpetrated by the Jaish-e-Mohammed confirmed yet again that India remains a persistent target of Pakistan’s state-sponsored cross-border terrorism policy,” the MoD report said
Ministry of Defence also stated that religious extremism is on the rise. It also stated that the Pakistan military has avoided to take action against jihadi and internationally-proscribed terror outfits that target Pakistan’s neighbours.
It also states that Pakistan is making efforts to consolidate its position on the country’s defence policies and foreign policies after Imran Khan took over as Prime Minister.
The report states that Pakistan has continued to support terror groups which continued infiltrating into India under the cover of “massive cross-LoC and cross-border firing in Jammu and Kashmir”.
“The Pulwama terror attack in February perpetrated by the Jaish-e-Mohammed confirmed yet again that India remains a persistent target of Pakistan’s state-sponsored cross-border terrorism policy,” the report added.
Referring to the Balakot air strikes after the Pulwama suicide attack which killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, the report stated that India will continue to take robust and decisive steps to ensure its national security.
The Ministry further pointed that state-sponsored terrorism by Pakistan in J&K remains the foremost security challenge for India.
The situation in J&K has remained volatile with ceasefire violations and frequent skirmishes on the LoC between Indian and Pakistani troops and terror-related incidents particularly in South Kashmir in the hinterland.
The report states, “India’s position is that Pakistan must take credible and irreversible steps to stop supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from territories under its control launching attacks against India.”