Sartaj rules out sharing of nuclear technology

Published: March 9, 2016



Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz informed the Senate on Tuesday that Pakistan’s nuclear technology is for its own deterrence and it will not share it with any other country under any circumstances.

Giving a policy statement in the Senate on an adjournment motion to discuss a statement of US Secretary of State John Kerry that Saudi Arabia may purchase nuclear bomb from Pakistan, he said that it was not a statement as Kerry was responding to question of a journalist during a television interview.

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“Though we have very good relations with Saudi Arabia, we will not share the nuclear technology with any country as it is for our own deterrence. This should be clear that our nuclear safety, export control command and control regime was acknowledged by the whole world,” he maintained.

About US pressure to cap nuclear programme, he said that Pakistan had made it crystal clear to the US that it is a matter of our security, and if our rival, India, is expanding its capacity, we would not accept it.

The adviser also rejected reports that Pakistan is hosting Taliban. “We hosted 3 million Afghan refugees after 9/11 and still some 300,000 Afghan refugees are living here, so there is no truth that we are hosting them,” he added.

Referring to his speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, he said: “We’ve some influence on Taliban but we cannot control them [Taliban]. Our influence is very limited, as they had turned down our requests in the past when Taliban were in power in Afghanistan”.

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He urged all four countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan, US and China – to play their role in bringing Taliban on the negotiation table.

About Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s allegations that non-state actors from Pakistan were involved in the Pathankot attack, he said that it is an old narrative of India, which always wants to discredit Pakistan.

“They are talking about the non-state actors but we are talking about their state actors, the involvement of their spy agency RAW and a dossier of its involvement in Karachi, Balochistan and Fata, have been given to United Nations. The India must be careful while accusing Pakistan as it may backfire,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 9th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Haji Atiya
    Mar 9, 2016 - 9:08AM

    We may only share our nuke-tech with India–the business end !Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Mar 9, 2016 - 10:04AM

    @Haji Atiya:
    Sharing means “give and take”Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Mar 9, 2016 - 12:01PM

    Of course; we take from China and give to India.Recommend

  • Guldar Ali Khan Wazir
    Mar 9, 2016 - 12:02PM

    Pakistan is a very responsible state of over 180 million people. Its nuclear arsenal is solely for peaceful purposes with no aggressive designs against any one. It has a very strong command and control authority which ensures its safety and security. No world power should be worried about our self-deterrence based nuclear assets nor does it need to dictate us. Why India is not dictating to curtail its nuclear weapons which are a potential threat to our security and stability. It was India which carried out nuclear blast in 1974 and created imbalance in the region. Had New Delhi not resorted to such extreme step, situation would have been different today. Any unilateral pressure on Pakistan for reducing size of nuclear weapons would not be acceptable under any circumstances. Recommend

  • Hasan
    Mar 9, 2016 - 12:03PM

    Pakistan won’t sell Saudi Arabia a nuclear bomb, but North Korea might.Pakistan already worries that its arsenal is too small to survive an Indian or American counterforce strike. Moreover, selling Saudi Arabia nuclear weapons would result in unprecedented backlash from most of the international community, including both the United States and China, Pakistan’s major patrons. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Mar 9, 2016 - 1:09PM

    Not necessarily. You’re confusing trading with sharing !Recommend

  • SS
    Mar 9, 2016 - 10:26PM

    ‘The India must be careful while accusing Pakistan as it may backfire’- Af.Taliban, JuD, LeJ, HuT, SEP, Haqqani etc and many more reside but only Mr.Aziz can say this without laughing out loud.Recommend

  • buga
    Mar 11, 2016 - 11:49PM

    You ruled out the Quetta Shura, ruled out OBL, and ruled out supporting Haqqani …. you have no credibility.Recommend

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