Islamabad: Pakistan has voiced “serious concerns” over the growing strategic partnership between US and India. It has said the “logistic exchange pact” between the two countries has put the vision of “Asia’s century” in serious jeopardy.
“Inter-state tensions in the region and significant investments in blue water navies by countries like India have brought oceans into focus as sensitive security space,” said Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s adviser on national security.
Speaking at a national maritime conference yesterday, Janjua underscored the importance of maritime security. He said that the vision of “Asia’s century” was under duress as “security architecture and strategic stability of the region has come under stress”.
Through the logistics exchange agreement, he said, India and the US have carved out space to pre-position themselves on the ocean, the Express Tribune reported: “India is being propped up as a counter-weight to China through geo-political, geo-economic and geo-military moves.”
India and the US last year signed a crucial logistics defence pact that will enable their armies to use each other’s assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies. This would make joint operations more efficient.
The conference, attended by policymakers, legislators, maritime experts and academics, was held to analyse the challenges in the realm of maritime security emanating from militarisation and nuclearisation of the Indian Ocean. Power projection by states maintaining presence in the area was also discussed.
It was proposed that India may also be roped into the planned connectivity net. It was identified as the only way forward towards promoting peace and stability in the region, and ensuring the security of investments like the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.