Pakistan rejects ‘utterly baseless’ report on its rapidly expanding nuclear arsenal

Published: August 28, 2015
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Khalilluah further said that Pakistan’s policy was characterised by the utmost restraint and responsibility. PHOTO: PID

Khalilluah further said that Pakistan’s policy was characterised by the utmost restraint and responsibility. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Friday rejected a report by two American think tanks calling it ‘utterly baseless’ that Pakistan was accelerating its nuclear weapons development programme and may have the third biggest arsenal in a decade.

“Such reports have the effect of diverting attention from the exponential increase in India’s fissile material stockpiles as a result of nuclear deals with a growing number of NSG countries and its destabilising consequences for the region,” Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said in a statement on Friday.

Khalilluah further said that as a nuclear state, Pakistan’s policy was characterised by the utmost restraint and responsibility.

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“We strictly abide by the concept of credible minimum deterrence and our nuclear programme is only aimed at maintaining peace and stability in South Asia. Pakistan has no desire to engage in nuclear arms race,” Qazi emphasized.

He said Pakistan had put forward several initiatives to promote conventional and strategic stability in South Asia, including the proposed Strategic Restraint Regime, but regrettably India has failed to respond positively.

“Pakistan remains committed to the global objectives of disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation,” he added.

Earlier, a report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Stimson Center claimed that Pakistan could expand its stockpile of nuclear weapons to at least 350 warheads over the next five to 10 years, making it the world’s third-largest nuclear arsenal.

The report said Pakistan was rapidly expanding its nuclear capabilities owing to a fear of India.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Gul
    Aug 28, 2015 - 11:03PM

    Our problem is our reputation. Every one still remembers what we said about Osama. Recommend

  • Indian Guy
    Aug 29, 2015 - 1:17AM

    If Pakistan claims that its decision to develop nuclear capabilities were a response to Indian nuclear capabilities then it should immediately declare a ‘no-first-use’ policy like India.Recommend

  • SKChadha
    Aug 29, 2015 - 5:23AM

    Poor Kazi Sahib ….. He is always busy refuting the ‘utterly baseless’ reports emanating from around the Globe highlighting the achievements of Pakistan ….. :-)Recommend

  • Udaya Bose
    Aug 29, 2015 - 8:14AM

    A rich country like Pakistan can always indulge itself. How does it matter to others?Recommend

  • Justin Matts
    Aug 30, 2015 - 10:15PM

    UTTERLY BASELESS..lol..the only phrase FO of Pakistan knows.!!!Recommend

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