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Indian fissile material build-up decried

Updated Oct 29, 2016 09:32am


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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday voiced its concern over the build-up of unprotected weapons usable fissile material in India.

“This build-up has been facilitated by the 2008 Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) waiver granted to India, which not only dented the credibility of the non-proliferation regime and undermined its efficacy, but also negatively affected the strategic balance in South Asia,” said Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakriya at a weekly press briefing.

He said it was unfortunate that the NSG did not require India to make any worthwhile non-proliferation commitments at the time.

He was asked to comment on the new groundbreaking research carried out by nuclear experts disclosing that India could produce a maximum of 356 to 492 nuclear weapons — far greater than most current western assessments.

Probe after Kulbhushan’s arrest under way and dossier being compiled: FO

Pakistan has long maintained that India’s rapidly expanding military nuclear programme poses a grave threat to peace and stability in the region and beyond. These concerns have been fully validated by publicly available reports on significant upcoming fissile material facilities and build-up of weapon usable fissile material in India.

The FO spokesman warned that another country-specific exemption by the NSG on the membership question would further exacerbate the ill effects of the 2008 exemption.

“It remains our hope that the NSG member states would make a well-considered decision this time keeping in view its long-term implications for the global non-proliferation regime as well as strategic stability in our region,” he said.

Responding to a question on Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy’s remarks that India might be pushed to a war with Pakistan if the latter continued to support terrorism, Mr Zakriya pointed out that Indian politicians had cast aspersions on Pakistan in the past too and used this as a tool in domestic politics of India.

“We see the current political debate about Pakistan in India, in the same backdrop as also its desperation to deflect the world attention from its atrocities in India-held Kashmir. The timing and pattern of heating up of the Line of Control and Working Boundary by India are suggestive. Pakistan condemns such crass attempts to malign it,” he added.

Answering another question, he said the Indian involvement in terrorism inside Pakistan was well proven beyond doubt; and irrefutable evidence of that was available.

He said the investigations after the arrest of Kulbushan Jhadav were under way and the dossier was being compiled. “As soon as the time is propitious, we will submit the dossier to those concerned, particularly the UN Secretary General,” the spokesman said.

He said India had been seen taking a number of desperate steps primarily to deflect the attention of the international community from its atrocities in held Kashmir.

Mr Zakriya said: “We need to see India’s actions in this backdrop. India has had a track record of creating situations on its own soil to deflect attention and to achieve certain objectives. India is trying to portray that the uprising in held Kashmir is not an indigenous movement of self-determination but an act of terrorism, which of course the world has already rejected.”

He rejected the contention of the US top commander in Afghanistan, John Nicholson, that the Haqqani network has a free run in Pakistan. “We have repeatedly stressed in our meetings with the US and the Afghan government as well as on the media that Pakistan has taken and will

continue to take decisive action against all terrorists and militant groups,” said the spokesman.

“We are fully committed to the principle that our soil would not be allowed to be used against other countries. Our National Action Plan is being successfully implemented. It is important to emphasise here that we are being threatened by the foreign sponsored terrorism like the recent terrorist incident in Quetta against police cadets,” he added.

He referred to some media reports from June and August this year on the killing of a senior leader and four senior commanders of the Haqqani network in Afghanistan by the US forces — claiming that these “clearly indicate where the Haqqanis were”.

Heart of Asia conference

Mr Zakriya explained that the Heart of Asia conference was aimed at bringing development in Afghanistan with the collaboration of other regional countries.

“It is line with Pakistan’s commitment of supporting all efforts towards peace and stability in Afghanistan that we will be attending the conference,” he said.

“Pakistan has always supported efforts to ensure peace and prosperity in the region and will continue to do so. We will play our role and will not let this regional forum fall prey to the myopic political agenda of any country. However, the decision on the level and manner of participation in the Heart of Asia conference is yet to be taken,” he added.

When asked to share more details on the activities of Surjeet Singh, an Indian High Commission official asked to leave Pakistan by Saturday, the spokesman said he was involved in activities that were directly against Pakistan’s national security interests.

Published in Dawn October 29th, 2016


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Comments (25) Closed

SAM Oct 29, 2016 09:35am

Sanction should be put on India. West should stop supplying weapons to India.

m singh Oct 29, 2016 09:37am

Heart of Asia I don't think that Pakistan or Pakistanis are interested in the developments going on in Afghanistan. ....

Good Guy Oct 29, 2016 09:44am

Nuclear Experts and all retired Pakistani government servants? I guess next time make better presentation.

Pawan Oct 29, 2016 09:52am

Yes there is strategic imbalance which is to stay. As pakistan trying to compete india while india trying to compete china and in reality neither of them can be successful.

Desi Dimag Oct 29, 2016 09:57am

I don't believe any points.

D.K. PAMNANI Oct 29, 2016 10:10am

Every country is now in the race of competition. But do not forget, this competition will affect your economy, health, unemployment and so many things. Forget all competition, do good things for the your own country and live happily and peaceful. Take care your country's problems first

sangun Oct 29, 2016 10:19am

Accept India's clout. Compete with yourself than competing with others.

Angry Pitbull Oct 29, 2016 10:28am

This is the HINT by Pakistan about India entering in to Nuclear supplier group(NSG).

Rishi Oct 29, 2016 10:36am

Dossier... which Dossier? the one which either does not come out or no one accepts or acknowledges...

TRverma Oct 29, 2016 10:37am

We are trying to compete with the best in the world in all areas be it economy,sports,technology,missile,health,pollution,climate etc.. why you don't shout when we make breakthrough in all other areas except weapons ,arm etc. That tells your mindset and your priorities as a nation ..last but not the least the region is already imbalanced because of presence of China in this region ..we are infact just trying to catch up and make it balance in the region..

Cool Oct 29, 2016 10:42am

In this article one thing is clear that india is doing well and the world is with us .sooner or later we get the NSG membership.

mali Oct 29, 2016 11:02am

Pakisthani scientists think they are better than western scientists?very strange.

Homo Sapien Oct 29, 2016 11:09am

Guys, India will launch record breaking 82 satellites in one go by end of this year/beginning of next year. No one ever has even tried this feat before. That shows the path we are trying to take, towards prosperity!

Chenghis Oct 29, 2016 11:47am

Good talk.

Global Peace Oct 29, 2016 11:51am

Yes India is much bigger country than Pakistan & India has huge demand for energy. All reactors can eventually produce weapons also ! But its not it is producing Energy having an installed capacity of 6780 MW & while 6 more reactors are under construction and are expected to generate an additional 4,300 MW. these are not small numbers.

kamal Oct 29, 2016 12:39pm

Do you really thing 400+ nuclear bombs are required ?? I think 50-60 are enough to destroy India and Pakistan. Do India/Pakistan want to nuke any city 10 times ??Please stop this nonsense.

Parvez Oct 29, 2016 01:35pm

American foreign policy is long term and designed to achieve America's objectives ( why not ? ) and they will deal with the consequences later......arming the Mujaheedin to get rid of the USSR in Afghanistan is a good example. Today the USSR is no more, Aghanistan is a complete mess....and America prospers.

SAM Oct 29, 2016 01:38pm

@m singh 80% of the development in Afghanistan is because of the logistic support and essentials from Pakistan it has been like this for centuries and it will continue like this for next few centuries.

Ravi Sharma Oct 29, 2016 01:52pm

India's purse is biggest than Pakistan. That's it!

Indian bureaucrat Oct 29, 2016 02:04pm

We never feared of Pakistan.

Guest Oct 29, 2016 02:26pm

@Parvez "American foreign policy is long term and designed to achieve America's objectives ( why not ? ) and they will deal with the consequences later......arming the Mujaheedin to get rid of the USSR in Afghanistan is a good example. Today the USSR is no more, Aghanistan is a complete mess....and America prospers."

You forgot to mention that Afghanistan was in a mess already due to soviet attack. Later other countries tried to use the mujaheddin approach to gain things that could not be achieved earlier. That failed and they keep blaming USA.

AMIT SHARMA Oct 29, 2016 02:28pm

I can understand the pain of Afghanis. Pakistan has no money for itself, how can it provide aid to Afghanistan.

Hamza Oct 29, 2016 02:49pm

@SAM in your dreams they already have access through Iran along with railway supply chain.

Ammyjd Oct 30, 2016 09:03am

Someone trying to pull the Rug off !

himmat Oct 30, 2016 11:18am

@SAM Start with stopping all import/exports from/to India