Pakistan Warns of 'Massive' Arms Buildup by India

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Pakistan expressed concern Wednesday over a "massive" arms buildup by India, warning the buildup could destabilize the regional balance.

Pakistan's National Command Authority, which oversees the country's nuclear assets, took note of developments "detrimental" to the objectives of strategic stability in the region, an official statement said.

"India continues to pursue an ambitious militarization program and offensive military doctrines," the command said, after a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

"Massive inductions of advanced weapon systems, including installation of ABMs (anti-ballistic missiles), buildup of nuclear arsenal and delivery systems...tend to destabilize the regional balance," it said.

The statement added that Pakistan refused to be "oblivious" to the buildup.

Pakistan conducted nuclear weapons tests in May 1998 in a response to similar detonations by India.

The two countries have fought three wars since their independence in 1947, two of them over Kashmir, which is divided between the South Asian neighbors and claimed by both.

Tension between the two flared in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008, which India blamed on Pakistan-based militants.