Pakistan

Foreign Office terms report on Pakistan nuclear programme as “baseless”

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday rejected a report that claimed fast expansion in Pakistan nuclear programme as “baseless” and an attempt of diversion.

According to Foreign Office statement, Pakistan’s policy is characterized by the utmost restraint and responsibility. “We strictly abide by the concept of credible minimum deterrence and our nuclear programme is only aimed at maintaining peace and stability in South Asia. Pakistan has no desire to engage in nuclear arms race.”

The FO spokesperson said “We reject the report’s assertion that Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear arsenal as utterly baseless. Such reports have the effect of diverting attention from the exponential increase in India’s fissile material stockpiles as a result of nuclear deals with a growing number of NSG countries and its destabilizing consequences for the region.”

“Pakistan has put forward several initiatives to promote conventional and strategic stability in South Asia, including the proposed Strategic Restraint Regime, but regrettably India has failed to respond positively.”

Pakistan remains committed to the global objectives of disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation.

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