Sale of American arms to Pakistan a worry: India

DC CORRESPONDENT
Published Jun 4, 2015, 7:08 am IST
Updated Mar 29, 2019, 12:02 am IST
Manohar Parrikar, known for his witty one-liners, also took a dig at Pakistan
US defence secretary Ashton Carter, left, shakes hands with defence minister Manohar Parikkar in New Delhi on  Wednesday. Mr Carter is in India on a three-day visit.	(Photo: AP)
 US defence secretary Ashton Carter, left, shakes hands with defence minister Manohar Parikkar in New Delhi on Wednesday. Mr Carter is in India on a three-day visit. (Photo: AP)

New Delhi: Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday expressed concern over arms sale to Pakistan, ahead of his meeting with visiting US defence secretary Ashton Carter that took place later in the day.

Mr Parrikar, known for his witty one-liners, also took a dig at Pakistan when a journalist told him that his recent comment on using terrorists to neutralise terrorists had spooked the neighbour (unko mirchi lagi hai).

 

Mr Parrikar replied, "I will not go into what Pakistan feels about that but mirchi, woh bhi Andhra ki, lagi hai (they have felt the sting of spicy Andhra chillies).”

On arms sales to Pakistan, Mr Parrikar said, “I will not comment on specifics, but any arms sale to Pakistan is a concern to India,” he said. He was also asked if this issue would be raised during his meeting with Mr Carter which was scheduled for later on Wednesday.

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