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India not in arms race: PM

New Delhi Oct. 12. Asserting that India's military preparedness was purely for self-defence, the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, today charged Pakistan with acquiring weapons while accusing New Delhi of triggering an arms race in the sub-continent.

``Whatever steps India has been taking, it is for self-defence. We are not in any arms race with anybody. Those who are themselves acquiring weapons are blaming us,'' Mr. Vajpayee told reporters here on his return from an eight-day visit to Indonesia and Thailand.

He was responding to a question on the Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf's recent statement accusing India of triggering an arms race in South Asia. — PTI

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