India ‘rejected’ Pak offer on missiles

Islamabad, August 13:

India rejected a proposal by Pakistan to include cruise missiles in a treaty the two countries finalised last week on giving each other advance information on planned ballistic missile tests, a Pakistani official said today. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Naeem Khan said New Delhi was not aware at the time that Pakistan, like India, has cruise missiles. Pakistan on Thursday test fired its first cruise missile, named Babur, and didn’t give any prior information to India about it. Khan said that in the talks last week in India, Pakistan’s delegation proposed that cruise missiles should also be included. “But the Indian side did not agree and insisted that only advance information be provided concerning ballistic missile tests,” he said.

“Pakistan has this capability and Pakistani scientists have been able to develop this indigenously”. Pakistan has said the test should not worry India as it would not derail the peace process.