NEW DELHI: India has offered to sign a treaty with Pakistan, similar to the strategic arms limitation treaty entered into between the United States and the Soviet Union, in an effort to “allay” Pakistan’s fears following India’s nuclear blast of May 18. The offer was made yesterday [June 10] by Mr P.N. Haksar, former Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi and a member of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission... .

Mr Haksar asked Pakistan to “choose the path of negotiation” instead of “over-reacting” to the Indian nuclear experiment. “Still supposing the explosion gave Pakistan a genuine shock, it is a matter to be sorted out at the negotiation table and not something about which one should try to spread panic around the world,” he thought. Commenting on the tours of some Pakistani Ministers to various world capitals to enlist support against India’s atomic blast, Mr Haksar claimed that India had no objection if Pakistan wanted support from any world Power, but, he insisted, the “best assurance can be had only from India, and no other country”. Mr Haksar repeated that India was “willing to sign a non-aggression pact” with Pakistan. — News agencies

Published in Dawn, June 12th, 2024

Opinion

Editorial

Afghan challenge
Updated 15 Jul, 2024

Afghan challenge

Foreign states must emphasise to the Afghan Taliban diplomatic recognition and trade relations all depend on greater counterterrorism efforts.
‘Complete’ justice
15 Jul, 2024

‘Complete’ justice

NOW that the matter of PTI’s reserved seats stands resolved, there are several equally pressing issues pertaining...
Drug fog
15 Jul, 2024

Drug fog

THE country has an old drug problem. While the menace has raged across divides of class and gender, successive ...
Miles to go
Updated 14 Jul, 2024

Miles to go

Some reforms agreed with the Fund are going to seriously impact economic growth and fresh investments, at least in the short term.
Iddat ruling
14 Jul, 2024

Iddat ruling

IT was a needless, despicable spectacle which only ended up uniting both conservatives and progressives in ...
Cricket shake-up
14 Jul, 2024

Cricket shake-up

SOMEONE had to take the blame and bear the brunt of the fallout from Pakistan’s disastrous showing at the T20 ...