Islamabad, Jan 25 (PTI) Pakistan today accused India of exceeding its legitimate defence needs and said New Delhi’s buildup of advanced weapons would negatively impact strategic stability in South Asia and beyond. Also Read - New Delhi, Goa and Mumbai Top Booked Destinations by Indians During Valentine’s Week

Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Mohammad Faisal said there was a clear disconnect between India’s declared policy of restraint and its relentless pursuit of an ambitious missile programme. Also Read - Mughal Gardens to Open For Public From THIS Date, Entry Through Online Booking Only | Check Timing, Other Details

He alleged that the development of Agni V intercontinental ballistic missile showed India’s real designs of pursuing hegemony. He termed it an “exercise in power projection”. Also Read - Costliest 'Ghagra'? Drugs Worth Rs 1.7 Crore Hidden in Lehengas That Were Being Sent to Australia

“While every state has a right to its security, the buildup of sophisticated and advanced weapons and delivery systems by India far exceeds its legitimate defence needs,” he said.

“Seen in the backdrop of other acquisitions of advanced capabilities in both the conventional and non-conventional domains, these developments will negatively impact strategic stability in the South Asian region and beyond,” he said.

Faisal said Pakistan will continue to adhere to a policy of restraint and a responsible defence posture but will also take steps to ensure its defence.

Faisal said Pakistan believed in a peaceful neighbourhood, which is essential for peace and development.

He said that cooperation instead of conflict was the only way forward but it should be reciprocated by actions and not words.

To a question about sharing of test reports of the shoes of Indian prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, he said “the report will be shared at an appropriate time.” Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April.

India had hit out at Pakistan for the way it treated the wife and mother of Jadhav when they met him in Pakistan on December 25.

He also accused India of launching a malicious propaganda campaign against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.