The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) have maintained a steady silence so as not to disturb the Thimpu Spirit as India readies itself by putting in place its missile defence shield. None of the political parties which are seen advocating peace with New Delhi appears least bothered in the future of the continuing strategic instability that India is continuously creating with its expansionist defence policies. Dr. Shireen Mazari, chief executive officer of Strategic Technology Resource (STR) and central vice president of Pakistan Tehreek Insaf, tells â€˜The Newsâ€™ that the readying ofthe Indian missile defence shield has been a part of Indiaâ€™sABM-BMD (Ballistic Missile Defence) programme and will certainly undermine the prevailing strategic stability in the region not only vis a vis Pakistan but also in relation to China. â€œOne needs to recall that India was the first country to welcome the US missile defenceprogramme and since Bill Clintonâ€™s visit to India and the ensuing Vision Document that laid the foundations of the newIndo-US strategic partnership, there has been extensive military cooperation between the two countries. This cooperation has included transfer of military technology and missile developmentâ€, she explains. For Pakistan, says Mazari, this new development implies a push towards more numbers in terms of its medium and intermediate range missiles until such time as we can develop our own limited anti-ballistic missile system (ABM). But that would lead to a new arms race in the region. â€œIf India deploys its missile defence shield then it implies that India seeks to move out of the deterrence mode into a warfighting mode in terms of the use of nuclear weapons - that one can actually use nuclear weapons in war and prevail militarily. This is highly dangerous especially in the Pak-India contextâ€, she adds. It would be far wiser and economically more sensible for both Pakistan and India to move towards signing a strategic agreement limiting ABM deployments or, even better, renouncing missile defence altogether â€” the MAD doctrine that accepts non-use of nuclear weapons for war fighting. . . Pakistan's rant . . .