Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs indiatoday
Talking about India’s successful testing of a ballistic missile defense system on May 15, Aziz said that apart from this air defence system, India has also recently conducted tests of nuclear capable, submarine based K4 Ballistic Missiles.
“These two developments are part of the massive conventional, nuclear and missile development programmes being pursued by India and are contributing to nuclearisation of the Indian Ocean,” he said.
The DRDO has successfully tested an indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile that is capable of shooting down any incoming ballistic missile
He said that he would consider having Pakistan introduce a resolution at the United Nations that would urge the body to declare the Indian Ocean a “nuclear free zone.”
He said Pakistan might ask the 32 littoral states to co-sponsor the move. Some of these states are Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, the UAE, Egypt, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand.
India conducts test of submarine-launched K-4 nuclear-capable missile zeenews
India had earlier tested nuclear-capable K-4 Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs) from its nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant as part of its efforts to develop second-strike capability. In addition, it has also tested its Advanced Air Defence Missile Ashwin for its upcoming multi-layered Ballistic Missile Defence system.
However, Pakistan needs to remember that the United Nations won’t be able to solve this problem anytime soon. Also, India is not the only country looking to operate nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) in the waters of the Indian Ocean. China started operating Song- and Shang-class submarines in the Indian Ocean in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.