According to Radio Pakistan, the foreign secretary made the statement while addressing a seminar titled “Assessing South Asia’s Nuclear Security” in Islamabad.
Chaudhary said that Pakistan has always expressed its desire for strategic stability and recommends all of its regional partners to utilize resources for economic development instead of boosting their nuclear capabilities, which paves way to instability in the region.
He added that the country’s nuclear program is owned by the nation itself. He stated that the Pakistan’s nuclear program is only for defence purpose.
The foreign secretary stated that Pakistan meets all the requirements to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
He further said that Pakistani authorities were not given a proper reply to their suggestions over arms race in the region. He added that the vision of a nuclear free South Asia will not become a reality if India will be preferred as a member of the NSG.
The secretary said that Pakistan has offered India to sign a nuclear tests ban agreement in the region.