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'Tilting at Windmills’: Pakistan Quotes Don Quixote After India’s Anti-Satellite Missile Test

Pakistan urged no militarisation of space after India tested anti-satellite missile on Wednesday.

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Updated:March 27, 2019, 6:19 PM IST
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'Tilting at Windmills’: Pakistan Quotes Don Quixote After India’s Anti-Satellite Missile Test
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Islamabad: Pakistan issued a call against military threats in outer space on Wednesday, hours after India said it had shot down one of its own satellites in a demonstration of its growing power in space.

"Space is the common heritage of mankind and every nation has the responsibility to avoid actions which can lead to the militarization of this arena," Pakistan's foreign ministry said in a statement.

"We hope that countries which have in the past strongly condemned demonstration of similar capabilities by others will be prepared to work towards developing international instruments to prevent military threats relating to outer space," it said, without mentioning India by name.

"Boasting of such capabilities is reminiscent of Don Quixote's tilting against windmills," it said, in a reference to the delusional hero of the 17th-century Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes.

Tilting at windmills is an English idiom that means attacking imaginary enemies. The expression is derived from the 1605 novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, and the word "tilt" in this context comes from jousting.

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