ISLAMABAD (AA) – Pakistan on Friday inducted Chinese-built J-10C fighter jets to its fleet to counter India’s induction of French Rafale jets.
The induction ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Chinese envoy in Islamabad, and the services chiefs of Pakistan’s armed forces.
“I am fully confident that now no one can make an aggressive move against Pakistan, because our forces would retaliate with full power,” Khan said at the ceremony broadcast live by state-run Pakistan Television.
China, a close ally of Pakistan, delivered the jets to Pakistan eight months after the signing of an agreement between the two countries.
Pakistan has not disclosed the details of the deal or how many jets have arrived.
South Asia is witnessing an arms race as Pakistan and India, two nuclear-armed neighbors, continue acquiring modern weapons to counter threats.
In 2019, India received Rafale fighter jets from France after New Delhi paid €7.8 billion ($9.2 billion) for the purchase of 36 aircraft.
The two countries have fought three wars, two of them over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, a large part of which remains occupied by India despite it being a Muslim-majority region.