Pak Navy chief denies modification of 'defensive' US missiles.Byline: ANI
Karachi, Sep.29 (ANI): Pakistan's Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Noman Bashir, has denied reports that Islamabad had illegally modified the Harpoon harpoon (härpn`), weapon used for spearing whales and large fish. The early type was a flat triangular piece of metal with barbed edges and a socket for attaching a wooden handle, to the missiles given to it by the US.
Speaking at an international conference, Admiral Bashir termed Washington's protest regarding the alleged missile modification as 'sheer misunderstanding'.
"We have not and will never violate any convention or principles on that, and all international obligations are being honoured by the Pakistan Navy Pakistan Navy (Urdu: پاک بحریہ) is the naval wing of the Pakistan military. Though not as significant as their other military divisions, it does play a vital role given the regional rivalry of Pakistan with India. ," The Daily Times quoted Admiral Bashir, as saying.
Addressing the seminar on 'Piracy on the High Seas', he said the Pakistan Navy is aware about its responsibilities and stressed that it was doing its best to prevent terror strikes like last year's Mumbai terror attacks terror attack n → atentado (terrorista)
terror attack n → attentato terroristico .
"The Pakistan Navy is doing its best against pirates and guarding the borders of the country to prevent any Mumbai-like incident," Admiral Bashir said.
It may be noted that recently top US administration and Congressional officials accused Pakistan of illegally modifying American-made missiles to expand its capability to strike land targets, a potential threat to India.
Officials alleged that Islamabad has customized conventional Harpoon antiship missiles, which were provided to it by the Reagan administration Noun 1. Reagan administration - the executive under President Reagan
executive - persons who administer the law as a defensive weapon in the cold war era.
"There's a concerted effort to get these guys to slow down.Their energies are misdirected," said one senior administration official.
The United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. has also accused Pakistan of modifying American-made P-3C aircraft for land-attack missions. (ANI)
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