BECA should be raised at the UN: Rehman Malik


Islamabad: Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator Rehman Malik has written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, advising him for moving the matter of US-India Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) in the United Nations.

In his letter, Senator A. Rehman Malik urges the Prime Minister Imran Khan “in the national interest, I request you to take up the matter of the US-India Defence Pact – BECA in United Nations and other International forums to alert the international community about India’s violent designs not only towards Pakistan but towards other countries in the region”.

He has suggested to create national consensus on vital national security issue of US-India defence pact and Parliament may kindly be taken into confidence in-camera as to what measures have been taken by Pakistan to safeguard our military and strategic assets.
He advised to raise our concerns and apprehensions on this pact in UNSC and other International forums. He has urged that Pakistan must call a meeting of all SARACC countries on this one point agenda to discuss and pass a resolution on this pact that is highly detrimental to the region. “Request China to call a meeting of regional countries either in China or Pakistan and discuss a counterstrategy to this pact and raise it in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)”, he adds. He said that it is important to educate the masses on the rising risk, so that nation is prepared and united.

Referring to his earlier apprehensions, Senator Malik wrote that unfortunately his earlier warning, to the then government, on 12th July, 2016, went unheeded, wherein he had raised alarm when US had announced joint satellite venture to use Indian satellite for weather data under the cover of cooperation on weather coordinates.

He added: “Clearly, it was thinly veiled covert spying operation, for zooming in Pakistan and China through the powerful devices. I had expressed that through this joint technical development both India and USA had started setting up the required gadgets and tuning in the Sino-Pak military bases/assets. Unfortunately, my warning went un-heeded.”

“I would like to draw your kind attention towards Indo-American pact “Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement on Geospatial Cooperation” or BECA, inked on 27-Oct-20, for sharing Satellite map data, tactical real-time intelligence, that can exponentially enhance the accuracy of drone, missile and aerospace target acquisition technologies., controllable from across the globe or even space, poses a perpetual existential threat to Pakistan and several other countries of the region” reads Senator Rehman Malik’s letter to PM.