Pakistan not in arms race with any country: Nawaz

Published: October 4, 2013
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is not in an arms race with any country and follows the policy of minimal defence ability, said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday.

Nawaz made this statement during his visit to the National Command Centre (NCC), where the centre’s director general briefed him about special security measures taken to strengthen country’s defence system.

The prime minister expressed his satisfaction over the security of Pakistan’s nuclear assets. He said that country’s nuclear assets are in safe hands and that Pakistan is a peaceful nuclear power.

He also visited the Kahuta nuclear plant earlier in the day, where General Khalid Shamim Wynne briefed him about the security of nuclear installations and other departments.

The Prime Minister commended the skills, expertise, professionalism and dedication of individuals as well as the organisations involved in the development of the NCC.

In attendance were Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Chairperson Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shamim Wynne, Director General Plans Division (SPD), Lieutenant General Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, other senior military officers, scientists and engineers.

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  • Kaleem
    Oct 4, 2013 - 4:31PM

    and this mantra is my favorite since childhood :)

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  • Umar Khan
    Oct 4, 2013 - 4:34PM

    Less than a week ago you said you were spending a lot of money on arms race?

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  • Nadir
    Oct 4, 2013 - 4:42PM

    Security of Pakistani citizens being butchered on a daily basis however did not come up for discussion. PM was informed that nuclear assets are all secure and no one would dare look at Pakistan with a mischievous eye.

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  • polpot
    Oct 4, 2013 - 4:44PM

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is not in an arms race with any country and follows the policy of minimal defence ability, said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Why does the PM make statements that fly in face of reality. Pakistan has a nuclear stockpile as large as that of UK……hardly a minimal deterrence level. Its best for the PM to avoid such topics. Wonder who is advising him.

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  • Hafiz
    Oct 4, 2013 - 4:51PM

    lol……who asked nawaz that pakistan n arms race???nawaz dreaming????

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  • BlackJack
    Oct 4, 2013 - 4:52PM

    A 100+ nukes and counting for minimum deterrence? Anyway, if you aren’t in an arms race, stop going into a tizzy each time India hikes its defence budget.

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  • Wellwisher
    Oct 4, 2013 - 4:58PM

    Pakistan is not in an arms race with any country and follows the policy of minimal defence ability, said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday.
    In that case India has to spend 5 times of Pakistan’s budget. And there is no question of overspending. Is it correct?

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  • Last Word
    Oct 4, 2013 - 5:52PM

    India has never objected on Pakistan procuring arms and adding more than hundred nuclear toys and still counting. India knows its own military potential and a strong economy to back it up against any misadventure by its neighbour. However, Pakistan in its own wisdom chose to ignore its economy and is over-spending on defence especially piling up the nuclear arsenal which it can never use against India.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Oct 4, 2013 - 6:33PM

    Yes ! They are not in this race because they simply can not afford it after paying the Army’s wages and expenses, not much is left for purchases of latest state of the art weaponry, hence their reliance on that all weather friend for his junk !

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  • imran bhatt
    Oct 4, 2013 - 6:45PM

    He is right in that a country that cannot compete with TTP can never compete with any sovereigne country.

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  • G. Din
    Oct 4, 2013 - 7:06PM

    “Cut your coat according to your cloth” even if the coat that results ill-fits you!

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  • ali ahmed
    Oct 4, 2013 - 7:11PM

    Mr.Prime Minister concentrate on economy…soviet union 2nd biggest power collapsed due to economy reasona

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  • wiji
    Oct 4, 2013 - 7:11PM

    Of course, being a responsible nuclear state Pakistan is committed to maintain a credible minimum deterrence and never indulged into an unending arms race which is just like a journey into nothingness. Pakistan never toed policies of militarization and weaponization like other regional state.

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  • unbelievable
    Oct 4, 2013 - 8:13PM

    Does anyone think that Sharif has anything to say about Pakistan’s military? He’s lucky if the military tells them what they build/buy let alone ask his permission.

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  • Sudhanshu Swami
    Oct 4, 2013 - 8:46PM

    India and Pakistan may be in arm race, but both of them are NOT overspending on arms (as speculated in media). Both have military budget of 2-3% of GDP. and also per capita expenditure on military of BOTH countries is quite less. We can say both are more efficient than other countries. Saudi Arab, UAE etc spend quite a lot yet they are not counted as military power. !!!! Both nations are poor otherwise and media shows that if they spend less then then poverty can be compensated ! but that is not the fact (if there is no extra expenditure other than declared !)

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  • Iqbal
    Oct 4, 2013 - 9:22PM

    Pakistan is not in an arms race with any country…..
    Did I just see pigs fly?

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  • Alann
    Oct 4, 2013 - 9:24PM

    1)India manufactures a nuclear bomb — we will eat grass but make a nuclear bomb!
    2)India detonates a nuclear bomb, we will detonate two nuclear bombs!
    3)India signs deal for Rafales with France, we will beg US to give us more F-16s for free!
    4)India got accepted into NSG without having to sign NPT & CTBT, we also want to be accepted into NSG with those exemptions!
    5)India signs civil nuclear deal with US (and France), we want same deal with US(and France)!
    6)India signs uranium deal with Australia, we want same deal with Australia!
    7)India buys/manufactures submarines, we will beg China to provide us submarines!

    In fact, we will have enough nuclear bombs to attack our newest biggest enemy (& also the biggest aid-giver) USA, sometime in the future.

    But of course, we follow the policy of minimal defence ability and Pakistan is not in an arms race with any country.

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  • unbelievable
    Oct 4, 2013 - 10:03PM

    Does the civilian govt have any control over how much and what the military decides to build/procure? If not then the civilian govt leader is unlikely to know whether he’s in an arms race.

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  • nrmr44
    Oct 4, 2013 - 10:48PM

    There is no contradiction between an outsized spending on arms and minimal defense ability.
    The less competent you are the more the weapons you will need to compensate.

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  • nrmr44
    Oct 4, 2013 - 10:51PM

    There is no contradiction between an outsized spending on arms and minimum defense ability.
    The less competent you are the more weapons you will need.

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  • Zuhaib Gull
    Oct 4, 2013 - 11:25PM

    “minimal defense ability”

    You have got to be kidding me. Oh wait, this is some sort of joke, right?

    Correct me if I’m wrong but have we not lost the Arms Race already? India is so far ahead.

    To claim we’re not in an arms race is far from reality, though. Does anyone know what this country’s defense budget is?

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  • Asif
    Oct 5, 2013 - 12:08PM

    The Indians trolls here have little knowledge of how defense strategy works. What this statement means is that Pakistan will have an independent defence strategy from now on. By the way, India has no match for Pakistani nukes. Pakistan is making nuclear weapons at a faster rate and will trump Britain in the near future too.

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  • G. Din
    Oct 5, 2013 - 5:02PM

    @Asif:
    “Pakistan is making nuclear weapons at a faster rate and will trump Britain in the near future too.”
    And, what do you intend with all the rest after you have lobbed the first one?
    You might like to read this:
    http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\105\story5-10-2013pg3_3

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