Star Wars collapsed the Soviet Union

Lt Gen (retd)Talat Masood of the Pakistan army writes in The Dawn:

“Despite India’s intransigence over Kashmir, it may be in the larger interest of Pakistan to pursue the path of peace and seek an improvement in relations with India. Not that it would involve any immediate shift in priority budgetary allocations from defence to the social and economic sectors, but at least it will release the nation from being excessively preoccupied with security so that it could focus more on the social sector. Indulging in an arms race with India could have serious long-term consequences for Pakistan.We have to take lessons from the “Star Wars” syndrome which brought about the collapse of the Soviet Union”