Pakistan has understandably expressed its concern over the growing Indo-Israeli defence co-operation which could impact negatively on the region. It is obvious that with Pakistan not recognising Israel and viewing that state as an anachronism in the Muslim heartland of the Arabs, it cannot be expected that its presence in South Asia will in any way contribute towards stability and peace of the region. There could be every reason to fear that Israel which has no love lost for Pakistan, far from contributing towards improving relations between India ad Pakistan will do its utmost to use India as a staging post for its inimical activities against this country. However, this will not be a new development as Israeli intelligence experts have trained Indians in occupied Kashmir to fight against the freedom fighters in the past.
In more recent times Israel's co-operation has been in the defence field, both in transferring defence technology as well as providing military hardware which includes AWACs aircraft and weapons to India. In comparison, one of our main sources of defence equipment -- United Stated -- in spite of being an "ally" has declined to provide us with matching military hardware. In fact, to make matters worse, America has even offered to sell F-16 jet fighters to Pakistan which are in use by our air force. This will seriously disadvantage our defence efforts as it will be difficult to keep up with India with both Israel and United States generously providing it state-of-the-art military equipment.
Such a situation cannot but strengthen our determination to maintain a strong nuclear deterrent. Pakistan's inability to match India in procuring latest military equipment, not only because of funds but more importantly due to non-availability of acquiring the same equipment from our traditional supplier makes it difficult for us to develop our conventional defence system. Nuclear deterrence seems to have almost been forced on Pakistan. United States, which is at present acting as our mentor far from understanding our tenuous defence situation, reacts negatively by placing hurdles in our attempt to purchase much needed military hardware. This obviously gives India an unfair advantage as is seen in the possibility of sale of F-16s to it.
A possible solution would be America and other powers to press upon both the South Asian states to end their arms race and direct their efforts towards removing all problems that hinder peace in the region. In the absence of any such move, peace will always be under threat in the region. The Kashmir dispute as the main source of contention has the potential of starting any number of big and small conflicts in region. Settlement on Kashmir and putting an end to the arms race is the only solution to the endemic war threat in the region